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Forum topic by OhioMike posted 06-03-2013 06:54 AM 1462 views 2 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OhioMike

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06-03-2013 06:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw dial indicator veneer fence micro adjust magnet magnetic micro-adjust tablesaw veneering resource jig

I finally got around to building an easy-to use dial indicator holder for my bandsaw fence. It’s useful when I need to change the thickness of the veneer I’m cutting.

I started with a scrap of oak about 1.5 inches thick with one surface absolutely flat. I cut slots in it as shown.

And I drilled two 1/4” holes at the drill press.

Four shallow holes on the (absolutely flat) underside accept 1/2” x 1/8” magnets that are epoxied in place. They are about 1/64” below the surface of the wood.

A coat of shellac protects it.

This scrap of 1/4” thick plastic provided material for a lever.

An inexpensive Grizzly dial indicator complete the project. Here is the plastic lever in action

I hope you enjoyed it.

Mike


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MrRon

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 03:59 PM

The plastic leveris a great idea.

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Planeman40

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 04:31 PM

If you can work to the tolerances of a dial indicator with a bandsaw, my hat is off to you and I nominate you for “Bandsaw Genius of the World”!

Planeman

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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OhioMike

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 05:26 PM

Gee, I thought I was measuring my veneer the old tried-and-true way by using thousandths.

You know:

1/16” = .062
3/32” = .093
1/8” = .125

and so on…...

It’s so much easier to use a dial indicator and calipers than a ruler!

Mike

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Planeman40

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#4 posted 06-03-2013 06:17 PM

I guess you can do that. I would just put a small ruler against the blade and the fence. But since you are slicing veneers, I can see where your method would be valid. But I don’t think I could hold tolerances within a couple of thousandths on a bandsaw. Not even with a table saw. Your nomination will be in the mail shortly. :)

Planeman

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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