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Bertha

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12-08-2011 04:06 PM

I’ve got a Delta Rockwell 20” A/B bandsaw with a 3/4” Lenox tri. I’m in the market for a resaw fence and I’m not convinced that the current offerings will fit this saw. Does anyone have this saw with an operable fence? Any help greatly appreciated! Al

Anyone think I can modify the Kreg?

How about the long Delta made for the 14”?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog


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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 04:09 PM

I wish I could afford such a beast… then I could probably be of some help!

Did you already try making your own resaw fence BTW?

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 04:33 PM

I did, Soda, but I’m not entirely happy with it. I bought this saw specifically for resawing, so I’m willing to fork over the cash for a commercial one. Everything has it’s limits, though, as I’m not spending $400 for the Laguna Driftmaster, lol.

Magswitch makes a resaw fence that just plops on your table. I’m wondering if that might be just as practical.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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doyoulikegumwood

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 04:53 PM

well I would think just about any fence could be made to work of your willing to drill and tap the table. I like the older jet fence which is a lot like a mini bismyer fence the newer one is kinda junkie.

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 04:57 PM

Yeah, I like the older JET too (I’m a JET guy in general). The new one has reasonably decent reviews but I’m like you, it just doesn’t do it for me. You can buy the actual fence designed for the 20 incher but it’s very expensive, like twice the kreg. The Carter conversion is going to hurt ($$) but I’d like to know that I can resaw adequately with the current motor before I drop the coin on fancy guides.

I tapped my JET arms to accept wing extensions. I wasn’t happy about it but it really wasn’t that big of a deal. If I ruin my bandsaw table, that would give me an excuse to order a bigger one, lol. It looks like some aftermarket fences come with an elongated L-bracket that the fence mounts to. I think that should give me the flexibility that I need.

Here’s the JET fence we’re talking about:

Here’s the woodhaven, looks OK:

Here’s the magswitch resaw (very clever):

Here’s the resaw attachment for the Kreg I’m looking at:

For the rich kids, the Laguna:

Here’s the Carter conversion:

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 05:55 PM

You might could build one Al?

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 06:06 PM

BWW, yeah, I probably could (and probably should, lol). I’m just so backed up on projects that I have more money than time. Sounds like a good place to be…but it sucks.

A nice man at the Saw Center responded to my question about fences and he told me that an aftermarket one should work fine. He remarked that the original Delta fences for this saw are $600. I guess that eliminates that. I’m going to try to give some business to the sawcenter:

http://www.sawcenter.com/

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 06:28 PM

I think you first want to decide whether you buy into the idea that the fence needs to be adjusted for drift angle, or if you buy into the idea that it doesn’t.

Carter’s also makes a magnetic bandsaw fence, and that design doesn’t make sense at all if you believe in drift angle adjustment. You just eyeball the alignment before engaging the magnets. When I chatted with Alex from Carter’s at the last woodworking show about setting up a band saw for resawing he emphasized other adjustments and led me to believe that drift angle was of no consequence.

For the record, I’ve got the Kreg fence on my 14” Rikon, and I’ve built a tall resaw fence:
http://lumberjocks.com/GregD/blog/21908
http://lumberjocks.com/GregD/blog/21933

The bit of resawing I’ve done this year makes me want to match the height of my resaw fence to my stock. The adjustment I fuss over the most is making sure the fence is parallel – top to bottom – with the blade. And when I was resawing 80” lengths of 8/4 I want to be very sure that both ends of the fence are firmly attached to the table so it doesn’t move when I need to put a lot of pressure on the work to keep it up tight against the fence. I usually find that my resawn work piece (between the fence and the blade) comes out a bit thick at the beginning end of the cut and a bit thin on the final end of the cut. My cut quality is usually OK but not great, provided I am very careful about maintaining a slow feed rate.

In the end, if you plan your resawing so that you have some thickness available to plane off the imperfections things are pretty easy and a shop-made fence that clamps to your top does just fine. My local Woodcraft has a shop made resaw fence on its big band saw, if I’m remembering correctly. If you wanna make like David Marks and resaw veneer with a nearly perfect surface off the saw blade, you are headed far out of my league.

-- Greg D.

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yinjuehua

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 06:30 PM

Nice bandsaw!
I know some people use 80/20 to build their own fence.

http://lumberjocks.com/Hutch/blog/2740

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 06:30 PM

In a pinch for time I’d pop for the Carter’s fence. Probably not up to big tasks, but it looks crazy convenient for all the run-of-the-mill smaller stuff.

-- Greg D.

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#10 posted 12-08-2011 06:33 PM

Greg, thanks for this. I had grand plans of slicing thin veneers, etc. but I’d settle for being within 1/8” of my desired thickness, then off to the planer. My current homebrewed fence is just a tall piece of UHMW plastic on a wooden support. With big blades, I don’t notice appreciable drift. In response to your first line, I’d have to say that I don’t believe in correction more than I do. I think I’m just kind of unhappy with the performance of my saw in general; and I’m looking for a way to get me interested in fiddling with it. I tend to do this; if I can get a new toy for it, I’m more inclined to do some work with it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 12-08-2011 06:38 PM

Greg, I think the Carter is more akin to my current homebrew, sans the magnets. I like the idea of the magswitch fence above, but I’m planning to resaw a lot of 8’ boards. It just feels like I should have a more stable fence. I’m going to look into this Carter. Greg, what stabilizers are you using on your Rikon?

For $99 bucks, the Carter is looking pretty good. No drilling either.
http://www.carterproducts.com/product.asp?product_id=474&cat_id=75

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 12-08-2011 06:40 PM

Cr1, so would you go with a fixed fence or one of these newfangled magnetic jobs. I’m having a hard time defining the advantages of both. I feel like I want a long fence with a swappable resaw attachment that rides in t-slots. But do I?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 12-08-2011 06:52 PM

Hey Al,

You might think about doing what I did on my saw…. I have a Delta 14” with fence, but I hardly ever used it for re-sawing…it was (is) not that good..too much drift… Soooo…I made a sled to mount into the miter slot. I made it out of MFD, cut a dado in the bottom to use a hardwood runner, just like you make for a tablesaw. I then cut another dado about 6” from the front of the sled to fit a miter gauge, and screwed a tall hardwood board to the m.g. for a fence….just raise the blade arm to the higth you need, clamp your board you’re gonna re-saw on to the hardwood fence, clamp your miter gauge down, and you’re in business….hardly any drift at all…... here’s a couple of pics of mine…..don’t cost much either…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#14 posted 12-08-2011 07:22 PM

Rick, I can’t see the pictures on this computer but I’ll check them out later. I built a log sled that would work reasonably as a resaw fence with some adjustments. Perhaps I should look at building one a bit harder.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 12-08-2011 08:52 PM

I think Bertha is just looking to show off his BS again ;)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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