Friction-Free Resaw Fence | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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Re-sawing a board is complicated. Most blades drift, so you have to tilt the board to get a straight cut. Standard bandsaw fences can’t be angled to compensate for drift, so many people use a single-point fence instead, like this one. The spot on my fence is a tall pile of machine bearings, which gives me an effortless, resistance-free cut.

To build the fence, you will need a file 5/16 steel rod, 5/16 id bearings, 5/16 idwashers, a base 6 to 8 as wide and as long as the depth of the saw table, a post (its height depends on the saw capacity) and a hardwood cap to house the steel rod and hold the bearings in place. The rod and steel washers are available at any hardware store for a few dollars. (Try an auto parts store or surplus; the exact id and od of the bearings aren’t particularly important.)

Drill a 5/16 hole in the tip of the base to house the lower end of the steel rod. Position the hole to allow the bearings to protrude from the point 1/8. Glue and screw the upright to the base, 1/8 behind the bearings. Insert the rod into the hole in the base and stack the bearings with a washer between each. Insert the top end of the rod into the hole in the cap, then screw the cap to the post, making sure it is positioned so that the stack of bearings is square to the saw table. John English


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