Bandsaw Resaw Fence

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Project by Picken5 posted 03-12-2012 01:55 AM 19685 views 48 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this resaw fence last year from a design in one of the woodworking magazines (forgot which one). I did make a few ‘tweaks’ to the design to suit my particular situation and my Craftsman bandsaw. The thing that attracted me to this design was using angle iron as the fence guide and UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) plastic to allow it to slide easily. I gotta say, this fence works pretty darn good. After installing one of the Woodslicer bandsaw blades, this fence helped me slice some 1/16” thick slabs (basically veneers) from some 4” wide cedar I had laying around. But that was just the experiment. I then used this to resaw a 5-1/2” wide, 3” thick piece of walnut. Amazing! Not only is it adjustable to account for blade drift, it was pretty cheap to build too. The angle iron was readily available at my local hardware store and I picked up the the hardware and the UHMW from my local Woodcraft. All the wood—1/2” plywood (laminated to double thickness) and some hard maple—I pulled from my scrap. I think I’ve got about $30 in it.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 04:21 AM

Awesome resaw fence, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 10:03 AM

Nice job on this. Looks well made, sturdy and functional.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 12:46 PM

Pretty neat idea Howard.
I think I have to save this one and have a look at my Craftsman band saw.
The fence mine came with is junk, and I like yours a lot.

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 01:55 PM

Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 04:30 PM

This is great. I have the same saw and would love this. You did a great job on the build. If you find a link to the plans online, can you please post?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 05:45 PM

I really like that! Quite impressive!

I have a very basic fence on my bandsaw that I threw together in about 5 minutes, and I need an upgrade badly! This is definitely a design I’ll consider.

I had been planning on using extruded aluminum from with one of their linear bearings, but something like this will obviously be much cheaper, and will do the same job for the most part.

Thanks for sharing, much appreciated!

-- Kenny

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 07:16 PM

SWEET Fence !
If a picture is worth 1000 words, I believe you’ve given us the visual Manual to Build.

I would like to replace my Factory supplied fence, so with this design I think I’ll start in the morning.

Thanks for sharing

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 03-12-2012 07:47 PM

Great looking fence …thanks for sharing it with us : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 08:44 PM

Very nice.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#10 posted 03-13-2012 02:55 AM

Randy—I couldn’t find the plans posted anywhere online, but, after a bit of searching offline (i.e. in my basement), I found the article that describes how to build this fence. It was printed in the Feb 2010 issue (#210) of Fine Woodworking. I’m sure you could order a back issue from their website——if you wanted a hardcopy.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#11 posted 03-13-2012 02:26 PM

Excellent build. This beats my add on single point guide, ie round bar, all to heck. Thanks for the link to the build plans!!! I have that issue, somewhere around here.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 03-13-2012 04:02 PM

Howard – thanks for the info on tracking down the plans.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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