My refurbished bandsaw has worked great for me but was still lacking something. The Kreg universal bandsaw fence has been on wishlist for some time but for at a cost of over $100 I decide to make my own when I saw this simple design.
The design I saw used maple for the fence itself and a soft 2×4 for the side supports. I had some left over birch 3/4 plywood laying around so I started gluing stuff up. I glued 2 pieces together for the fence and 3 for the side supports.
The next day I ripped the supports at a 45″ angle and cut the and front and back rail guides to match. The back guide has 4×3.5″ screws countersunk in and seem pretty solid. For the side supports, I referred to the Kreg universal manual and found that the Ridgid, Jet, Craftsman and Import Mount bandsaws call for M6 x 1 x 30mm Hex bolt. (The Delta uses a 1/4-28×1-14″) I ran down to the hardware store and got a slighter longer bolt for my bandsaw and mounted everything up.
I asked about a plastic knob while I was at a big box store and they didn’t know anything about it. I ended up making my own using some plywood, a carriage bolt and nut. I got one of those nuts with big claws that you hammer in but couldn’t really get it to stay put so I epoxied the crap out of it. (Works good now)
I used a hinge to attach the tensioner which has worked pretty good but I might eventually upgrade it to a heavy duty one in the future. Making some small tweaks to hing helped make sure the fence was perpendicular to the table. As for making sure it’s perfectly straight I followed the general alignment guide for a bandsaw fence. Using a long strip of wood with a straight line down the middle, you follow the line freehand and then mark on the edge of wood on the table. I then reference this line with the front/back of the fence when setting up cuts. I then marked 1″ increments on both front and back supports to make it easier to line up. So far so good!