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I purchased an old 'Continental'(read-Taiwan made) bandsaw about 6 months back off of craigslist. I had been searching around where i live for a while. Then while driving back from visiting my girlfriend (in Detroit) I found one on craigslist in the Middle of ohio for 125 bucks, which was easily enough reduced down to 90 bucks for a working 14" bandsaw. Now I know its essentially a HF bandsaw, but for me (for now) it does the job just fine.

One big complaint i've had with it is the lack of a fence. Most of the add-on fences i've seen on ebay or amazon never really seemed that versatile for what you can do with it.

I decided on going the home made route. I tried a first build with wood, but it was very convenient, and clamping it down wasn't very efficient. ESPECIALLY when all my clamps were being used for something else. I've seen people use aluminum extrusion for stuff and decided to give it a shot.

I used 80/20 Aluminum extrusion i found on clearance from 80/20's ebay shop. I either got what i could on their 'clearance' items, or the ones that were offered on ebay bids-usually something that had a slight defect from manufacturing but nothing that affects the performance…so pretty much as cheap as possible.

for all the parts i ordered I had spent about 150 bucks, however, I ended up not using a few of the parts i ordered, so for the items i acutally used for it, I think it cost about 90-100 dollars for the fence. It slides easy and doesn't move once you tighten down the brake knobs on the bottoms.

If anyone is considering something like this, I say go for it! One of the best things, is you can always re-use the parts for something else. Aluminum extrusion is like Lego's for adults.

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Looks good, i just picked up a kreg fence yesterday, gotta put it on today hopefully, and for only $108, don't have to build it which takes the hassle out of it.
 

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I installed an 80/20 extrusion on my Powermatic table saw and absolutely love it.
 

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yeah, i was pretty close to getting one of them. But also wanted to be able to add to it-or use all the parts for something else. when i bought all the parts i also had got this:



I was going to initially use it as a fence instead of what i have now. but apparently the bottom part of the top wheel hosing allows for a clearance of only 5.75", and the piece is 6"x3"x24". I'll still be able to use it if i can find a riser block kit that will fit on my bandsaw. But I may also try to use it with my unifence set up.

I don't blame anyone for buying a fence instead, time is important. Building my fence took a few hours. WAYY more time than i anticipated, but I had to rework the entire design when I realized the big piece above wouldn't fit, and the rest was spent mostly from drilling and tapping holes to make the 2-1.5"x3"x12" pieces fit flush end to end. Time I had planned to spend starting my first real project….but alas, next weekend.
 

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Very creative ,well done.
 

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Neat idea using the extrusion pieces. Definitely gonna favorite this for when the time comes to make my own fence. Thanks for sharing
 

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Oh yeah … and

WELCOME to LJs !
 

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Nice work on the fence. The saw looks identical to my "Trojan".
 

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nice looking fence. Is it adjustable for drift?
 

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Very creative and nicely done.
 

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Gixxerjoe04, what size T-slots does the Kreg fence use? Is it standard?
 

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Great job on the band saw fence. Looks very precised.
 

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Looks great! This is exactly what I need to build. What is the riser at the 90° union that clamps the side rail? Did you make it or is there a part available?
 
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