Tool Test: Bandsaw Fences
An aftermarket model can work wonders
Synopsis: If perfect resaw cuts are your goal, consider upgrading your bandsaw’s stock rip fence with an aftermarket model. There are plenty of solid ones out there. For this review, we focused on systems that will mount onto a variety of 14-in. bandsaws. That’s the size you’ll find in most woodworkers’ shops, and if you know how to set it up properly, it is plenty of machine for almost anyone. But many of these fences will also work on 16- or 18-in. saws and some are available in a larger size. We tested fences from Kreg, Grizzly, Accusquare, Excalibur, Woodhaven, EZ Square, Magswitch, Carter, and Laguna. The two standouts were obvious.
The bandsaw can be the most valuable tool in the shop, making a wider variety of cuts than a tablesaw can, and more safely. But most woodworkers struggle with theirs and never tap its true potential.…