Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build #5: The table

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-23-2016 06:08 PM 1171 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The tilting table took more time and consideration than I’d expected. First, I decided to make the table by laminating two pieces of 1/2” plywood with sandwiched strips of flat-iron, ala “Mr. Sawdust.” This will ensure I have no future warping. So the table is basically two pieces, that when combined, measure about 24” x 28”...a big work surface. The table is mounted to the saw via two hinges; the table has notches that I cut out by hand and filed with a rasp so that the times are flush with the top surface of the table. I made a crosspiece out of oak that hold the two pieces together. After this was complete, I dado’d a 3/4” groove for the miter gauge. A ruler was screwed on and two aluminum channels screwed to hold the rip fence. I made a kirf wide cut to accommodate blade changes. Lots of work to put this together, but this is what it looks like from the underside:

I also made an off/on switch from an old Unisaw part and a toggle I had on hand…thought it looked cool.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 08-23-2016 10:26 PM

Coming along quite nicely. That Unisaw switch is really sharp. I’m enjoying following along.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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