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Bandsaw Tune-Up, Part Three

June 23, 2014

In an effort to keep the number of projects on my To Do list short, I slipped into the shop this weekend and finished up the rest of my bandsaw restoration. In all honesty, it has taken so long mostly because it wasn’t possible until I received my Father’s Day present – a Kreg bandsaw fence – from my wife and son!

The gift that gives all year long...

The gift that gives all year long…

The guide rail should be set 1/16” below the miter gauge channel.

Kreg Fence 02

With an older Delta bandsaw, adding the rail couldn’t have been easier. The holes are already there and threaded; I just needed a wrench to install the bolts.

Done in a matter of seconds.

Done in a matter of seconds.

Didn’t really take any pictures of the fence assembly because it wasn’t terribly exciting, aside from the fact that I needed two hex wrenches and couldn’t find my set to save my life!  I searched all of my tool boxes and the portable tool bucket; even checked the junk drawer up in the kitchen, all to no avail.

Then when I was making a final adjustment to the rail, I happened to look through the bandsaw, just between the column and the table, and saw it sitting on top of my Festool dust extractor, not a foot away.  Oops.

Once was lost, now they're found.

Once was lost, now they’re found.

The next step was the simple matter of setting the fence to the blade and marking the Zero point for the measuring tape.

Once it was all set up, I made some te…  *sigh* Bother. Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the test cut. It was good, though. The saw has no drift at the moment, so I just had to set it up square and I was good to go. I’ll make another cut or two and take some pictures and update later tonight.

Fence installation is done!

Fence installation is done!

The total set-up time was maybe 15 minutes, if you do not count the 20 minutes I spent looking for those dang hex wrenches. It was my first experience with a Kreg product, but it could not have gone more smoothly! I might later add the micro-adjuster, but otherwise I have the bandsaw set up just about the way I want it.

It feels good to get something done so quickly!

I should try and do that more often…

EDIT: Here is a quick test cut using the fence. It was a no bind, straight cut that just took a few swipes from a heavily-set #5 to remove the bandsaw marks. I think typically I’ll be using the fence to rip box sides down. This should make the operation quick, easily repeatable, about as safe as you can get with a power tool, and convenient.

Also, I raised the guide up to add the fence and I should have dropped it back down for this cut and I didn’t.  Sorry about that. I hate photographing bad technique.

Test Cut

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  1. Mike Hamilton permalink
    June 23, 2014 5:31 pm

    I have the same saw (mine is mid-60’s Rockwell/Delta), doors have 2 knobs no hinges. Do you have dust extraction attached? If so how? My doors are very gappy around the edges

    Regards,
    Mike

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    • June 23, 2014 6:21 pm

      *sigh*

      Dang it. I do NOT have that bandsaw where I want it. I totally forgot about the dust extraction.

      The quick of it is, a fellow guild member picked up a dust extractor attachment for the Ridgid planer on clearance for a dollar. With just a few minor modifications, he said he got it hooked up to his old Delta bandsaw (underside) and uses it for dust extraction to great effect. I have some notes on the conversion, but I suspect I will need to check with him again before I do it myself.

      As much as it sucks, I do appreciate the reminder.

      Crap.

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