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Build a Stout Bandsaw Resaw Fence From Scrap

Cut it in two!

resaw-pictureResawing is an operation where you split your material in two pieces. It is typically cut right down the middle but not always, you can have a larger board and only need a small sliver of it. Resawing is a great way to make use of thicker material when you need thinner material. It is also great when creating bookmatching panels. You need a couple things to properly resaw boards: A bandsaw that is appropriate for the thickness of material you are resawing, a resaw blade, and not always necessary but a resaw fence.

In our shop, a resaw fence is absolutely necessary when resawing multiple boards or thicknesses. My brother-in-law has a bunch of cedar planks we are going to resaw and process into tongue and groove boards for his hot tub room. With all this resawing in our future, a dedicated resaw fence that can handle the abuse was in our future.

Why a box design?

Our simple and crude design is for a couple reasons: simplicity and needs to take the pressure of a power feed roller.

Building any jig requires time. The happy medium of time vs features is always a game a woodworker needs to play. On one hand you can whip something up that gets the job done but may not have all the features that could come in handy or it may not stand the test of time. On the other hand, you can spend significant time designing and building a jig but it will have all the bells and whistles you need. The box design was a little less than the middle of the road approach. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles a resaw fence could have but it didn’t take me more than an hour to build it (including filming).

My brother-in-law has a power feed roller that we use to push material through various machines and it will come in really handy when resawing all these boards at the larger bandsaw. The power feed roller has powered wheels that apply pressure to the material, grip it, and send it through your machine. This force can be significant so our resaw fence needed to be beefy enough to withstand these forces.

Construction method

powerhead-screwsWhen designing and building any jig, you need to again weigh the time vs strength or functionality of the jig. The construction method for our simple box resaw fence was definitely a time saver but due to the hardware we used, it didn’t sacrifice strength. We used simple butt joints to connect the pieces with Fastcap’s Power Head screws. These screws have large heads on them to get incredible holding strength which really gives the entire jig its beefy characteristics.

The box consists of a front and a back with three connecting braces in the middle. Each brace is connected with a handful of Fastcap’s Power Head screws.

Is a resaw fence necessary?

Quick answer. No, a bandsaw resaw fence isn’t necessary. You can drawer a line and follow it just like following a curved lined when the board is laying flat. With any resaw fence, they make the process easier, more accurate, and more enjoyable. With a large amount of resawing to do, a resaw fence was necessary. If you are someone that doesn’t resaw often, then you probably don’t need to invest the time into a resaw fence. Or you could purchase one from the many available commercially. We have the Kreg Tools resaw fence on our smaller 14″ Ridgid bandsaw.

Resaw fences are set to the drift angle of your fence, this allows you to remove the need to focus on a line and angle the board appropriately to follow that line. With a tuned resaw fence, you simply need to push the material through the blade and keep it against the resaw fence. Super simple and makes resawing much more easy and enjoyable.

How to use our jig

For discussion purposes, we are going to take a 1″ section out of a 6″ plank.

Starting with a scrap piece of wood, make a line 1″ from the edge of the material. Take this to the bandsaw and push the material through keeping the saw blade exactly on the line. When you reach halfway or 3/4 of the way through the scrap wood, stop and this board is now set to your drift angle of your bandsaw.

After blowing away the dust, very carefully move the resaw fence up against the scrap material and clamp it down. You resaw fence is now set to the drift angle of your bandsaw. All you have to do is keep the material against the fence (featherboards are handy), and push it through the blade.

 

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