Bandsaw Fence
Bandsaw fence, front view Bandsaw fence, rear view Test board being cut Split test board

   Currently my workshop is fairly well-equipped for woodworking, with one exception. Until now, I have been unable to accurately re-saw lumber; that is, to cut one thick board into multiple thinner boards of the same width. This has generally been unnecessary for my projects, but after recently discovering the utility of yellow pine, I wanted to be able to make boards of this wood in any size, using cheap construction lumber as the starting material. Fortunately, the long table and wide blade span of my bandsaw made this possible, requiring only that I purchase a more suitable blade and build a tall fence for alignment.

   The fence is built simply, and consists of a length of one-inch angle iron attached to a strip of plywood with wood screws; plywood being chosen for its dimensional stability and disposable nature. In use, the fence is aligned manually and attached to the table with clamps, much like the fence for my table saw. With this, and with a 4TPI wood-cutting blade from Bandsaw Blades Direct, my bandsaw is now able to re-saw lumber up to 8-1/4" wide and 2-1/4" in thickness. A demonstration can be seen at the top of the page, in which a scrap piece of 2x6 white pine is sawn into two 1x6 sections. The cut was smooth and accurate, with the blade having no tendency to bind or drift off course. I am satisfied with the results, and at this point my modifications to the bandsaw are complete.