Adjustable fence corrects for blade drift
After buying a new bandsaw, my old one got relegated to resaw duty. With its new designation in mind, I set about making a permanent, adjustable auxiliary fence to account for blade drift—a problem that can occur even with a sharp, wide blade installed.
To make such a fence, cut it to size from a piece of 3⁄4 " melamine (a workpiece slides easily along its slick surface) and rout a shallow flute to fit a 1⁄2 " dowel with a round nose bit (1⁄2 " round nose bit, #39264, 800-279-4441, rockler.com), where shown. With the fluted side against the factory fence, drill and tap two holes in the factory fence for machine screws, and then drill two corresponding holes in the auxiliary fence—countersinking the heads of the screws in those holes. Place a 1⁄2 " dowel between the auxiliary fence and factory fence to serve as a pivot point. To adjust the fence, loosen one screw and tighten the other.
—Joseph Tripodi, Glendale, Ariz.