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Building a Bandsaw Fence #1: Making the rails and gluing up the fence.

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Blog entry by Woodknack posted 05-25-2017 03:41 AM 2934 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My fence will be adapted from the the bandsaw fence built by Paul Fiebach, published in the Oct 1974 Popular Mechanics. Calling this a “plan” is generous. Like many old “plans”, it is just a sketch, an idea. There are a few dimensions but once you start, it quickly becomes apparent how much information was left out.

Step One: I cut 3 pieces of 3/4” birch plywood, 2.5” wide by 16” long and face glued them together. The offset was a guess but it worked out. I had no idea what the final length would be so everything was made oversize and trimmed to fit later.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/



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Woodknack

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 03:47 AM

Step Two: Making rails for the table. These were made from poplar. The Delta has 2 holes on each side of the table that are probably for attaching a fence. I drill them to the proper size and tap with 1/4-20 threads. The rails are simply 3 pieces of wood, 2 attached to the table, 1 connecting them in the back. I may add a piece of plywood in the big gap if flex becomes a problem. The rails are attached with machine screws.

Sharp eyed lumberjocks will notice a mistake in the fence rails.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 05-25-2017 04:02 AM

That’s a great design, Rick. I like the cam for locking it down. I had the same holes in my old Atlas Press Co saw from the ‘50s that I tapped for an extruded aluminum fence system from someplace or another. It’s OK, but hard to adjust for drift.

What makes my setup a bear is that I have to remove it to change blades. I like that yours appears to be removed at a 90º angle to the blade, so you don’t have that problem. At first it looked impossible to remove the blade that way, but I assume you take it off the wheels and turn it.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 05-25-2017 04:22 AM

I probably won’t use the fence for resawing. They say you can adjust all the drift out of them but I doubt it could be done on this old Delta. I have an idea for a resaw attachment.

The cam proved to be a little trickier than it looks. I tweaked the shape a bit already but might switch it out completely.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 05-25-2017 04:40 AM


They say you can adjust all the drift out of them but I doubt it could be done on this old Delta.

LOL, yeah. I tried chasing the drift all over mine. One direction, then another. I finally gave up and use a Magswitch roller fence for vertical and chase the center mark myself. One of these days maybe I’ll get a real resaw machine.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#5 posted 05-25-2017 09:09 AM

Hope you won’t be needing to use your miter slot! ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 05-25-2017 01:21 PM

This can prove to be a valuable idea for my smaller bandsaw with a inadequate fence. This can solve the problem.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-25-2017 02:46 PM

Interesting project and let us know how it works out as there is no reason to speculate now .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#8 posted 05-25-2017 06:23 PM


Hope you won t be needing to use your miter slot! ;-)

- HokieKen

:) SharpeyeKen. Yeah, that was my mistake. Easy enough to correct with a hand saw and chisel (which I did). And I definitely use my miter slot with this little sled I made.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 06-04-2017 12:27 PM

Looks like some good fabrication. Correcting the miter slot problem is a plus.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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