Shop Upgrades #15: Band Saw Fence

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Blog entry by bkseitz posted 02-19-2016 07:05 PM 1365 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Looking at YouTube this morning, found an interesting approach to Band Saw fence. I haven’t been happy with the few I’ve found on the market. All of them seem to be either a mess of clamping or bolting the fence rail such that the cover up the blade slot on my Craftsman 14” table. That means unbolting the thing every time I need to change a blade. ugh!

AmericanWoodworker Channle had a video on a Universal Bandsaw Fence

. This was actually a combination extension able and fence system using a miter gage from a table saw. This results in about 3/4” loss in cut height, but so far I haven’t needed anything above 6” which this approach would leave me ~1 1/4” to spare. But then again if I find I need more cutting height in the future I’m likely to upgrade to a bigger Band Saw like a Powermatic, Laguna, or Grizzly.

Also considered taking the table to a machine shop to get a miter slot cut 90 degrees which would save me the 3/4”, but then I might as well buy an upgraded Band Saw for that additional cost.

I figure I can use some leftover Birch Plywood, Micro Jig ZeroPlay Guide Bars, Incra HD Miter Gage, and rig up a Kreg Microadjuster to the Miter Gage to build a simple and modular fence system. :-)

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 12:10 PM


I have been considering building the same band saw fence since I first saw the video from American Woodworker. Please post a photo when you are complete and a followup on how well the design works or if you would change anything. Thanks!

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 05:11 PM

@BG43017, I know its odd for a CAD/CAM guy not to be using sketch-up but I find it a bit limiting when I brainstorm. At work I’m known for filling an entire room of white boards in minutes. Below is the initial sketch I did the other day to capture my approach to the AmericanWoodworker design.

It’ll be a while before I get to building out this project, but I though I better sketch it out least I forget. My list of projects grows long and my time and energy to accomplish is short. Today I have several WEPs: Real Estate repair job and electrical wiring for Goat Barn to do. After that its back to workshop organizing and Router Table build. Moved one of the hanging cabinets to auto shop wall for more convenient chemical storage.

-Still have a real mess in the auto shop to clean up!

Next weekend I hope to tackle the East half of barn. It where I’ve been dumping all my wood and junk that has moved from house to garage to the “back hole” in the barn.

Here’s my list for getting stuff done before the end of the summer:

Wood Storage and de-junk barn
addition to Goat Barn
Finish insulation of barn and install more track wall
Pergola and gate house front entry
Dust Collection System
Air Quality System
Sanding/Downdraft Table work station
Radial Arm Saw / Miter Saw station
Above track wall shelving
Sort Hardware and store

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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