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Wise Buys: Bandsaw Fences

Why buy? If you use your bandsaw only for making curved cuts, you'll likely never need a rip fence. For accurate ripping and resawing, though, a good fence helps greatly. That said, many bandsaws don't come with a fence. Those saws that do have fences, particularly on lower-cost models, often don't work that well. The three fences we recommend here fit virtually any 14" bandsaw and some 12" models. (Before buying, check with the fence manufacturer to see if its product works with your bandsaw.)

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Rockler, #24504

Rockler, #24504

Editor test-drive

For the price of competitors' aftermarket fences, the Rockler 24504 provides an auxiliary table with perpendicular miter slots, a 3"-tall fence, and replaceable throat inserts. The 1-1/8"-thick, 24"-square MDF table easily clamped onto my bandsaw's table and offers nearly twice as much surface area as typical factory tables. Removing blade drift proved easy and intuitive; I only had to adjust the two bolts that thread into the T-square end bracket (that mounts to the rails).

After that adjustment, I could resaw 1/8"-thick pieces of red oak with almost no deviation in thickness. A T-slot milled into the MDF fence face accepts featherboards, hold-downs, or stopblocks; but overtightening can crush the thin walls. (I'd prefer aluminum T-track in the fence.) With only one working face, this fence must be used left of the blade--a drawback when tilting the table because I like my workpiece to ride against the fence in that situation. Rockler includes a jig for cutting circles up to 26" in diameter.

--Tested by Craig Ruegsegger, Multimedia Editor

To learn more:; 800-279-4441

Continued on page 2:  Kreg, #KMS7200


Comments (3)
clarndeb wrote:

hello Clarence Atkinson here why do you keep showing this aftermarket bandsaw system from rockler this is the second time I have seen this ad and tried to chase it down finally called rockler they have not made this for years and I sure wish they did I have wanted something like this for quite a while I have been looking at the kreg just not sure I want it

5/14/2015 12:41:08 PM Report Abuse
jimbmodels wrote:


12/18/2014 10:54:45 AM Report Abuse
Danwoodman wrote:

This must be an old review as this Rockler bandsaw fence is not listed on their website.

7/17/2014 10:33:15 AM Report Abuse

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