Extra-Large Band Saw Fence
by Jack Phillips
I never throw anything away. Some day, I tell myself, the stuff in that neglected pile of junk will come in handy. I was right! I resurrected my old Craftsman table saw fence and turned it into a first-rate band saw fence.I needed a larger band saw table and a better fence for resawing. Because the old fence locked on a back rail I made the new band saw table the same size as my old Craftsman table saw. The trick was devising the means to anchor and level the new table.
I came up with a simple system to mount the new table, using pairs of wood blocks. One-half of the pair is bolted to the edge of the old band saw table. The other has a slotted hole so I can move the new table up and down to get it perfectly level. The slotted blocks are glued and screwed to a set
of five table supports that hold up the new wooden band saw table.
Drilling holes in the soft cast iron edge of my band saw table was easy. I built the table supports first so I knew where the holes had to go.
Now I have a large, sturdy table for my band saw. With more table fore and aft of the blade, it’s easier to balance long work and with a longer miter slot, I can cut wider pieces than I could before.