Bandsaw Fence/Table

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Project by lab7654 posted 06-26-2012 12:59 AM 4177 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Central Machinery 9” bandsaw didn’t come with a fence to begin with, so ever since I got it I’ve been trying to find a decent solution. I’m not a fan of just clamping a board onto the table, since that is a pain to square up or compensate for drift angles when ripping stock. I tried to rig up a 2×4 with a t-square like setup, but that ended up just being clamped (back to square 1). I tend to do most of my rip cuts on the bandsaw since I’m still a little bit wary of cheap, flimsy table saws, which is all I have (hopefully upgrading soon). This fence design involves putting a whole new table onto the bandsaw, so I figured I would make it as big as I practically can. With it, I filled in the space between the table and the “chassis” of the saw. I routed a 5/8” dado into the front of it to accept a miter gauge I had laying around. This allows me to set the fence at any angle to compensate for blade drift. I took the fence part off of the gauge and drilled a hole in the bar underneath it to accommodate a bolt to lock it down, which goes through a 1/4” slot in the 5/8” dado. The plywood fence is only held on by some spring clamps for now, but I plan to get some more lag screws to mount it on the miter gauge. The whole table, made of 1/2” pine plywood, mounts onto the existing table with some lag screws in the back and a wood screw in the front that acts as a stop when sliding the table on. There is a miter bar from another spare miter gauge on the bottom of the table that is used to accurately place the table onto the existing one. I really like this design for its functionality and ease of adjustment. The design isn’t entirely mine, however, and I got the idea from this video: I’d recommend this design for anyone having the same fence issues as me. The entire jig took me about 1 1/2 hours to make.

By the way, some of you may have seen this pop up in the blogs, which is where I posted it accidentally. It has been removed and placed here.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 04:56 AM

Well done!
Your totally different take on where to put the miter slide had me taken aback at first. Then when I studied the photos it all came clear to me. You are right, the slight angle the blade wants to take is always off a few degrees, so this takes care of that when you want to move the fence to different thickness of cuts and keeping the blade going in straight line. I really feel for you not having the tools you need right now, but take heart it will all come to you in time. You will treasure each tool as it comes to you.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 12:15 PM

Neat job. good way to solve that problem!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 12:26 PM

Nice job lab and the video link was great as well.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 11:28 PM

That’s a pretty cool table, I need to make a table for my bandsaw, keep up the good work!


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#5 posted 10-27-2012 02:40 PM

I like what you did there, looks like it works well!

-- measure twice cut once

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