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July 1, 2015

Simple but effective shop-made T-fence

Simple but effective shop-made T-fence

Many times the new (or used) bandsaw you buy does not come with a fence. That was the case with this small benchtop model in Michael’s shop. The solution: Make a simple T-fence using two pieces of straight plywood scrap. (Here, Michael used Baltic birch plywood.) He saws 1/16″ kerfs into the ends of the edge guide to quickly clamp the T-fence to the table using a pair of spring clamps. Then he glues and screws the two pieces together at a right angle to form the T.

To use the T-fence, just locate it the needed distance from the blade. Remove one jaw cover from each clamp, and slip the uncovered jaws into the kerfs when securing the fence to the front edge of the saw table, as shown.

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