Adjustable Resaw Fence

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Project by kewald posted 01-07-2009 11:49 PM 4619 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most resaw fences that come with band saws are too short in height. I’ve seen many shop made fences that are tall, but they have all been full height, causing the upper guides to be set too high for resawing narrower stock. So, I came up with this design, which is still in the experimental stage. This resaw fence is currently designed to attach to my band saw fence. However that may not provide adequate lateral stability, so I may add a base to it in the near future.

The fence is composed of three parts: a standard for the fence posts to attach to, a fixed fence post and an adjustable fence post. The reason for the posts being so wide is so that the blade guide can be lowered to just above the upper post position. The standard has a shallow dado running its entire length with a 1/4” groove routed through the wood to accept the adjustable post bolt. The fixed post is epoxied into the lower end of the dado. The adjustable post has a 1/4” cap head screw (minus the cap head) epoxied into the center of its flat side. The adjustable post fits snugly into the standard’s dado.

I used some leftover cherry for this project, finished with BLO and wax.

For sawing narrow stock (5” or less) only the fixed post is needed. It is 3” tall, which gives plenty of stability for narrower stock. For wider stock, the adjustable post is attached so its top is at the top level of the stock. In this way, the upper blade guide can be lowered to just above the stock without interference from the fence standard.

In the current configuration, the standard attaches to the saw fence with a screw through the fence into a brass insert in the standard.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#1 posted 01-08-2009 04:17 AM

Cool! an idea I may have to steal.

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#2 posted 01-08-2009 05:25 AM

You better run down to the patent office first thing in the morning !

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 06:12 AM

A nice resaw fence. Looks very functional.

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 01:45 AM

That’s a great design… well done.

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