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New fence for an old saw

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by Freeman Keller, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    There have been several threads recently about small and inexpensive band saws. A band saw is one power tool I couldn't live with out - I recently built an acoustic using mostly hand tools and I came to appreciate just how much I use the band saw.

    My saw was a yard sale find, a 12 inch Craftsman from way back - maybe the 1970's or so. I did a really good setup on it (which I check every year or so), bought some new blades and have made a bunch of guitars with it. For me a band saw has three different functions - it saws out curvy things like guitar bodies, it does some very minor resawing, and very importantly, it should be able to rip pieces of stuff like spruce or mahogany for braces and other small straight things.

    My saw had an absolute piece of junk for a rip fence - every time I tried to use it I hated it. It would barely rip small wood for braces and I wouldn't even try resawing.

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    Got a Rockler catalog the other day and they had a "universal" band saw fence that looked promising - thought I'd give it a try. Arrived two days ago, put it together yesterday and I'm reasonably happy.

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    That is a 3/32 piece sawn off of a 1-1/2 hunk of mahogany - its pretty uniform the whole length. I still won't be resawing 12 inch boards but its fine for the small stuff.

    I had to drill one hole in my saw table (the fence actually lines up with one existing hole). I have to remove it to change blades but I don't do that very often.

    Anyway, a reasonable upgrade for a cheap band saw.
     
  2. old wrench

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    That looks very useful :).

    Those 80/20 extrusions (or whatever they are called) are great. I've seen all different kinds of jigs, fences, etc, made out of them and the stock fittings and pieces that supplement them.


    edit: That beats the hell out of my bandsaw "fence". It's just a couple of pieces of MDF fastened together at a right angle that I have to line up and clamp down to my bandsaw's table.

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    does it compensate for blade drift?
     
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    I have a similar story. Very glad I bought the Kreg fence.
     
  5. Freeman Keller

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    I can be adjusted both parallel to the blade plane and then to allow for "drift" with that blade.
     
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    Here's a fence on a newer Rikon
    For resaw it uses a round bar . It works very well
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    The kreg fence has a rounded resawing accessory that you can get separately.

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    That's a lot nicer looking than the wooden dowel I used on my home made one
     
  9. Freeman Keller

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    I saw that when I originally ordered mine but since I didn't know how well the fence was going to work and since I really don't resaw my wood I passed. I may go ahead and order it now that I know I like the fence.
     
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    Like most Kreg stuff, it's a bit pricey for what it is. I've only used it a couple times but it does work well.
     
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