Shopmade Tension Gauge
Built-in bandsaw gauges are notoriously inaccurate. Here's an inexpensive tool that eliminates guesswork
John White, Fine Woodworking’s shop manager, shows readers how to make and use a bandsaw blade-tensioning gauge. When used with an ordinary automotive feeler gauge, this shopmade tool allows you to set the correct tension on your steel blade quickly. White share plans and directions for making the gauge. He explains how to determine the right amount of tension, and how to set it properly. White also details the role of the spring in your bandsaw and offers tips on selecting a replacement.
From Fine Woodworking #147