Trying to make your own band saw fence? Well, you have come to the right place! For here, I am going to tell you in a few basic steps how to make a fence of your very own band saw.
First of all, why do you need a fence for your band saw. A fence provides a little boundary to the workplace and actually disallows anything to fall across its sides and edges. It’s compulsory to have a fence around the band saw, as it makes the machine more efficient and easy to operate. A band saw fence is very useful when it comes to performing the task of ripping a plank a wood with great accuracy.
Now, why should you attempt to make a band saw fence on your own? Oh well, the major reason here can be that doing so, can be quite reasonable and economical and can save you quite some money. Only for around $15 $20, you will be able to come up with your own fence around your power tool.
What you will need to build the band saw fence?
Only a few things that include a straight ruler, a box of zinc coated construction screws, 2/4 MDF, a few small stocks and a pencil.
What must you do?
- Evaluate the type and size of fence you need. Make measurements as needed. You have the option of adding a larger sized table along with the fence that will allow you to make fence rips, circular jugs etc. Some people prefer that, particularly those who have a commercial intensive use. Collect all the materials listed above and then begin to work.
- Begin to work on the runners. To do this is compulsory in the beginning since the fence positions itself at this position. Place the walnut stock in the table’s channel and fit it tightly. Mark a point with the help of a pencil where the top of the table rests on the wood, because you will have to access this point later on.
- With the help of MDF, rip off the stock along the edges. Screw this properly and firmly so that the stock remains in a firm position and does not wobble around while you use the machine. If done loosely, there are chances that there may be a problem later on so it’s better to be cautious at this stage.
- Place the jig on the table. Set it as such that it is in line with the centre point. Use a straight ruler to check that out. Secure the jig tightly with the help of a clamp to the table.
- Now make the measurements. Measure the material from the edge of the table to the runners with the help of the ruler. Note down the reading appropriately. Also, measure the table, in case of runner placement, measure from the channel’s front to the back.
- Sketch the design. Draw the layout in the MDF and keep it in front of you while you are working. With the help of a screw, fix the runner according to the layout sketched by you.
- Add support. You can do this by adding a little bit of extra stock if needed, on the front side or along the edges so that it runs smoothly. Also, there are expandable guides that are easily available in the market. You can purchase a few if necessary and attach them to the table for added support and strength.
Conclusion: A fence is a must to have item and it is highly desirable that you fix one to your band saw. In case, you cannot get it of the size you require or you think the available ones are a little costly, then it is highly recommended that you make your own fence around the band saw and provide your power tool with added support and reliability.