Bandsaw jigs for every shop
From smarter push sticks to auxiliary fences to specialty sleds, these tips will help you get even more from your bandsaw.
A bandsaw can make your shop sing. From curved cuts to square joinery, the tool is capable of opening many doors for your woodworking. But there’s a world of potential beyond the bare tool. From smarter push sticks to auxiliary fences to specialty sleds, these tips will help you get even more from your bandsaw.
Many times when working with small pieces on a bandsaw, the upper guide hits the fence and can’t drop down to where we all know it should be, just above the surface of the wood. This is a problem that affects both safety and cut quality. It doesn’t happen with this auxiliary low fence, though. This one slides onto the back of a regular fence, and a magnet on the front mates up to a screw embedded in the front that is always at the ready. A fast fix for better results.
By Michael Fortune
By storing a thin stick in the bandsaw’s miter slot, you’ll have a push stick that’s out of the way but close at hand. A hole drilled in it makes it easy to grab.
By Tim Rousseau
Rip tapers at any angle. Cut circles of any size. Safely cut small wedges and reproduce curved shapes, all on Michael Fortune’s favorite machine, the bandsaw. Fortune maintains that it’s safer and easier to do all kinds of tasks on the bandsaw, especially if you have these handy jigs. In addition to plans and step-by-step instructions for making and using his jigs, Fortune gives tips that will help you get the most from your bandsaw.
By Michael Fortune
Unlike some stow-away tables, this design, which is simple to make and can be installed or removed in seconds, is always perfectly aligned with the bandsaw table.
The board will still need to be planed before it is of furniture quality, but this setup is much easier, faster, and more accurate than using a rip fence.
By M. G. Rekoff Jr.
I find that this push-stick design gives me better control, helping me push the piece forward and against the fence at the same time, with enough width so that its handle (and my hand) passes easily to the right of the blade guides.
By Andy Westerhaus