Bandsaw resaw fence - Quick and dirty

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-21-2020 04:48 PM 1084 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bandsaw resaw fence
Quick and dirty.

Here a little project for resawing on the bandsaw.
A quick and dirty fence, that allows you to saw thin cuts and support from bottom to top of the wood.

I see a lot online about this and some say it’s all about adjustment of the saw, that if the saw is adjusted correct, there will be no drift and so you can just use your straight fence… Hmmmmmmm I did noy manage, it always drift for me. Perhaps it’s due to the blades, that we have a bad supply of blades here in Denmark… I don’t know, but with this type of fence, I have managed to make some good veneer thickness slices.

Well it’s easy to make one, so try it out.

This is what we are building, a resaw fence, with a rounded edge, so you can follow the drift of the wood, while going through the saw.
As you can see, the fence are simply clamped to the bandsaw table.

For the base, a square piece of wood gets a 45° cut.
Both pieces will be used.

The for the fence, you cut a piece that fits the base and have the hight you want for your fence.

Split a broom stick down the middle as fare down as you need, then turn of the saw and pull it back out, after that, cut to desired length.
It’s easier to do that, so you don’t have to push a piece through the blade.
(Not like I show here…).

Dry fit.
Now the parts make sence.

Glue dowel to end of fence.

Glue the rest together and brad nail or just nail, if you don’t have a brad nailer.

I give it a few screws also.

Now you can clamp it to the bandsaw,

And start resawing some wood.

Here a long board, where I have scored the board down the middle, so I have a groove to follow.

I will be really happy for advice on resawing, as this has always been a skill, that I never really got good at.

Stay safe and stay home, it’s COVID-19 time and we need to care for the others.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, even more that it will help you resaw some wood.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-21-2020 05:05 PM

I really like that and may just copy your design. I’ve got a new Powermatic 14” band saw and a bunch of walnut crotch boards I want to bookmatch.

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#2 posted 03-21-2020 05:23 PM

Wow! Great minds do really think alike!

Hope you are feeling better. Stay well, my friend.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-22-2020 12:31 AM

Seriously nice – Both of you.

I cheated, a nice resaw fence came with my bandsaw but I would have used this on my old saw.

Great job!

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#4 posted 03-22-2020 01:38 AM

simple idea that does what it needs to do.good idea mads.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 03-23-2020 02:43 PM

Hi guys,

Pottz, lessm is plenty. ;-) Thanks.

dbray45, Big smile and a laugh. You were clever, not cheating.

Lew, cool Lew, I can see you put it on the inside, I will have to try that, to see if it makes it easier to control the wood. Yes we seem to think alike. Smiles.

BurlyBob, yes please copy away, this is why we share, to inspire eachother. Big smile.

Best thoughts and a good thought – take care now in this serious time,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 03-23-2020 05:35 PM

Great project to help in getting it done!!!
And once built it takes just seconds to set up.

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#7 posted 03-23-2020 07:29 PM

Thank you htl, big smile here.
Stay safe,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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