I received the 8-inch tall Laguna Tools DriftMaster fence upgrade just before I flew to California. Yesterday I spent a little time in the shop for the first time since my return; it was time well spent, as I had a chance to set up and use the new 8-inch tall resaw fence on the DriftMaster. I went through four basic steps to set it up; it took 5 minutes to change it, making sure to check for proper 90° to the table.
Results of resawing veneers: The thickness was within 0.005″; this is five thousands of an inch along the length of the 3/32″ thick veneers (0.090″ thick). In addition, the surfaces were beautiful; they appear to not require any sanding prior to gluing.
This first photo shows how much larger the new fence is — and the wonderful part is that it fits right on the same DriftMaster base. The first order of business is to make sure that the original 4-inch fence is still square to the band saw table:
Make sure that the tall fence is also square to the table:
Also ensure that the back of the fence is square to the table:
Ensure that the blade is also perfectly square to the table:
In summary, it is always a good idea, and a requisite, to have all reference surfaces square to the table.
At last, it was time to make a couple of test runs with the tall fence. I did not change the angle to adjust for drift, as the shorter fence was already adjusted for drift. Furthermore, everything was square to the table. How would the new, taller fence perform?
As the video below show, I had one word for the new, taller fence: WONDERFUL! Please look for further updates in the next few weeks, as I will be using this new fence often.
The Laguna Tools 8-inch tall DriftMaster fence
Duration: 4:18 minutes
I would like to hear whether you have tried this new fence from Laguna Tools on your band saw:
- Do you like better than the original, shorter fence?
- Did you have to make any adjustments during, or following installation?
- Do you have a power feeder, or do you feed the stock by hand, like I do?
- Do you plan to get a power feeder?
- If you plan to get a power feeder, which model?
I look forward to your replies, either in the Comments section below, or via e-mail.
— Al Navas