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Forum topic by GuyK posted 01-03-2010 03:04 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2010 03:04 PM

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I am in need of a fence on my bandsaw. I am looking for your thoughts on this. What do you use and what would you recomend?? TIA.

-- Guy Kroll

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 06:13 PM

I like this Kreg unit. It is simple , sturdy and accurate.

I got mine off craigslist kinda cheap. Before that I clamped a board where I needed it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 06:22 PM

Make one out of wood and secure it with c clamps.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 06:28 PM

Both the above will work.

I have the Kreg fence and it’s just OK.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 06:31 PM

Make sure that the fence can be adjusted to offset angles in order to compensate for the blade’s drift (leade).
This is absolutely necessary for successful resawing.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 06:45 PM

I was looking at the Carter magfence, since the bandsaw I got recently is a 1940’s model and I’d have to drill holes for the Kreg (which I was looking at before). In addition to the drilling issue, the groove in the table of the bandsaw comes out the same edge that the fence would attach to. I asked Kreg if they had considered that issue (since newer models seem to have the groove coming out the side perpendicular to the blade), and they said either I’d have to take the fence off every time I changed blades, or I’d have to cut the fence in half (meaning more hole drilling, in both the table AND Kreg fence).

On top of that, the magnetic fence is a bit cheaper, and I believe the slots in it would work with the Kreg resaw attachment – but I have not confirmed that. I need new tires and blades for mine, so the fence will be down the road a while (gonna be using the wood and c-clamp method for a while I think).

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 10:55 PM

I think you will make out just fine with a tall home made fence clamped to the table. I do have a Rikon fence that came tithe the saw that works fine but I would like a taller fence.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 11:08 PM

I use a hardwood board clamped to the table. Does everything I want. It’s cheap, it’s renewable. Everything else is just an imitation!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 11:57 PM

I bought the Delta one when I first got my bandsaw, that was about my only choice at the time, work’s just fine. Now if I were to do it I’d consider the Kreg but it might come down to cost, IMO I don’t need a lot of whistles and bells and ultra high accuracy, bandsaw blades drift so just a fence will do. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 01-04-2010 12:54 AM

I use two pieces of hardwood glued and screwed at a right angle and clamps. Works great.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#10 posted 01-04-2010 02:23 AM

Someone tossed a old tablesaw out and I got it. It was one of those cheaper units that had the blade mounted to the motor. But it had a good fence setup. I just took the fence off and rails to use on the saw. The fence was made out of aluminium and I just cut it down to where it would fit. Works good so far and was a freebee.

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#11 posted 01-04-2010 02:29 AM

u should get a driftmaster from laguna, that’s one sweeet fence. im getting a rikon 14” bandsaw and if i can fit a driftmaster i am. well good luck with which ever way u go. but check it out?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 01-04-2010 02:47 AM

The new issue of fine woodworking goes over making a really nice fence for the bandsaw.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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