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Bandsaw Renovation Part 2, Shop Made Fence

In part one, I added new tires to my bandsaw and fixed a problem which prevented tensioning the blade against the wheels. In this post I’ll build a new bandsaw fence. ogic would dictate that a tune-up would be the next step in the renovation of my Jet JWBS-14DX bandsaw, but at this point I’d rather build something. So I am going straight to building a proper fence for it. To my knowledge, this saw was offered in three versions: the standard JWBS-14, the deluxe model JWBS-14DX which I own and then the previously unknown to me pro version, the JWBS-14DXPRO. I remember the deluxe model having heavier wheels among a few other upgrades. The professional version seems to add a fence only. All the cool bandsaws I see at Woodcraft have a fence meaning that non-fence models are nice, but a nice tall fence just completes the saw. For my bandsaw fence, I could have purchased the Jet JRF-14R ($88.99 via eBay; it seems to be a discontinued item from Jet) designed as an …

Bandsaw Renovation, Part 1

f my bandsaw were a human being, I’d owe him an apology. My bandsaw is a tool which I have frowned on for many years. I have a drill press which I call Elvis because it shakes, rattles and rolls like no other tool I own. While my bandsaw isn’t as offensive as Elvis, it still shakes and has been a disappointing purchase. For some, the bandsaw is the center of their power tool universe; the most versatile power tool in their workshop. My table saw gets this honor while my bandsaw receives the ultimate put down. It stands in a remote area of my workshop and collects dust, or rather the sawdust from the other tools I regularly use. But, whenever I contemplate using this tool, there is always this thought: I need to work on it; give it a tune-up. But my bandsaw is a tool which doesn’t make sense to me. I once saw a blog post where the woodworker viewed his bandsaw in much the same way and a tune up …

Three Bench Jigs

Editor’s note: Happy New Year! I hope all of you are as excited about a new year of woodworking projects as I am. And I have some pretty major projects in the pipeline. More about them later. ne day, while deep into building my new workbench, I saw a truly excellent video where Mike Pekovich discusses the merits and use of his favorite workbench jigs. As I neared completion of my workbench, this video kept reappearing in my mind and I knew I had to adopt several of Mike’s jigs for my workbench (his video shows six different jigs). All of them are just stupid easy to make. I like designing my own projects, but sometimes I’ll see something so good, I’ll simply duplicate it. At the end of his video, Mike mentions the Fine Woodworking magazine article which featured these jigs in more detail (viewing the article requires a FWW membership). After viewing the video several times and printing the article from FWW’s website, I went to my workshop and made three of the …