Resaw fence for Rikon 10-325 bandsaw

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Project by Sandra posted 03-07-2014 06:58 PM 7482 views 9 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Look Ma, I can resaw!

I have numerous 8/4 pine boards that need to be resawn so I decided that I needed a resaw fence. Here’s what I came up with today, using only things I had on hand. The fence slides onto the bandsaw’s original fence.

The front of the fence is 10 1/2” high by 18” long and was cut from an MDF shelf.

The piece of maple that rides on the back ledge of the rail measures 1 1/2” by 1 1/4” and was made from two laminated scraps. And the whole thing is sandwiched between two pieces of 1/2” plywood.
I used my drill press to cut out the channel for the knobs and they tighten down onto the T-track that runs along the back of the original fence.

Two years ago, I could never have imagined building anything without plans, so I was happy with how this turned out.

I’ve had my Rikon for a bit more than a year and have had some frustrations. It turns out that the belt pulley was too close to the frame which was causing the belt to walk off and get damaged in the process. Since my neighbour figured that out and fixed it with me and the belt was replaced, it’s been doing exactly what I bought it to do!

Thanks for looking.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 03-07-2014 07:01 PM

Good job. You are progressing very steadily.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-07-2014 07:04 PM

Thanks Monte.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 03-07-2014 07:08 PM

Looks good Sandra. It’s nice to be able to do things without plans. It means you’ve learned something. Someday I’ll get a band saw big enough to do that and I’ll come calling.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 03-07-2014 07:10 PM

Thanks Bill – I had originally bought a Craftex bandsaw and had to return it. Got the Rikon and then had ‘issues’. But I certainly learned a lot about mechanics by trying to fix them.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 07:13 PM

Way to go!
Looks like it will do the trick!!!

”...I could never have imagined building anything without plans…”

Are you saying that you didn’t “plan” on this coming out so well?

One of these are on my short list of shop projects.
Unless of course, you wish to make an equipment donation, to my cause!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 03-07-2014 07:20 PM

Sandra – I also had a Craftex before buying my Rikon 10-325. The Craftex never really worked very well for me, it was quite frustrating. I’ve had much better experience with the Rikon, although I have shredded a belt. I’m not particularly mechanically gifted either, but maybe I should check the pulley alignment.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 03-07-2014 07:27 PM

That’s a good set up. Nice work. I built one to resaw logs recently and they are a pleasure to use. Things work out great when you have decent equipment.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 03-07-2014 07:31 PM

Looks good Sandra! And nice that you got your saw tuned up right. Such a handy gadget. Learning to re-saw is quite a valuable step in the journey…..

If you have any of the particle board shelf laying around, you might consider building an intermediate size fence like 6-7” tall. This would allow you to get that top guide closer to the work. Either way, nice addition to the arsenal!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 03-07-2014 08:00 PM

Tell that drill sergeant that ol 74 is playing hard ball in the big leagues now :^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 03-07-2014 08:11 PM

Wow, you have a pretty nice set-up. Good work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 03-07-2014 08:12 PM

That is one beast of a bandsaw, and the auxiliary fence aint too shabby. Well done.

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#12 posted 03-07-2014 08:19 PM

Jeremy – We measured the edge of the belt pulley compared to where the belt hit the lower wheel and found a difference. Loosened the set screw on the belt pulley, pulled it out a tiny bit then tightened it back up. The belt hasn’t budged since.

Thanks for the comments. I’m thrilled with the saw now that it’s been tweaked.
Whatever the sound Tim the Toolman used to make – I”m making it…..

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#13 posted 03-07-2014 08:21 PM

Great work, Sandra. I’m jealous. I just looked at the same saw at woodcraft today – window shopping only. You gave certainly stepped up your game with the fence. You should be proud of your accomplishment.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#14 posted 03-07-2014 08:26 PM

Good point Jeff. I wonder if I could just change out the front face. It’s held to the back part with countersunk screws. It’s the only joint where I didn’t use glue.

Thanks Chris.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#15 posted 03-07-2014 08:39 PM

That’s exactly right Sandra, just make them swap-able!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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