Resawing -  ripping a board to thickness - is a great technique that can save a lot of money and materials in the woodshop. The bandsaw is the most common tool for the job, but the stock fences that come with most bandsaws don't provide enough support for resawing wide lumber. In this instructable, I'm going to show how I made a tall auxiliary resaw fence for the Techshop, San Francisco bandsaw.

It's a really simple design, but it is stout and square, and has already helped me get some good re-saw cuts for a couple different projects. This fence doesn't need to be adjusted to the drift of the bandsaw fence, because it is registered against the stock rip fence, which is already adjusted for this saw. I made it with plywood left over from another project, and it took me ~1 hour to build and document it.

As always, I'm still a relative newcomer to woodworking - if anyone has any corrections or additional information, please share it in the comments. Just keep the criticism constructive.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools and materials

  • Tools used
  • Table saw
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill
  • Countersink #8 pilot bit
  • Drill driver
  • Block plane

Materials used

  • Square cut plywood
  • (12) #8 assembly screws
When making tool jigs, it's often a good idea to use engineered wood, like plywood and MDF. Both are strong and resistant to warping from environmental factors. But whatever material you choose to use, make sure that it's straight, flat and square. This is important because any defects in the wood will likely be reflected in future cuts.

This piece of plywood was left over from another project, and I already knew the sides to be square and straight. If you are unsure, joint the edges before making the jig.

About This Instructable




Bio: I'm a long time tinkerer and lover of Instructables, but recently I joined Techshop in San Francisco, and decided to really get creative. Right ... More »
More by workislove:Shoe organizer bench Wooden drawer pulls -  made at Techshop Do you wanna build a (laser appliqué) snowman? - made at Techshop 
Add instructable to: