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Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Mods and Musings #3: Custom Outfeed Table (For the Bandsaw!)

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-08-2020 06:03 PM 1100 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been loving the Laguna 1412 bandsaw, which has quite a few nice features. The cast iron table has ample width, but only offers about 8” of outfeed support. I like about double that, so I can make most routine cuts without breaking out the outfeed rollers. So I decided to whip up a custom outfeed table to finish off the bandsaw mods.

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Laminate some MDF together to form the table. I plan to use 1” wide T-molding, so I laminated some 1” MDF to a piece of 1/2” MDF. The outfeed is 8” wide, and slightly narrower than the cast iron table. Now, if you have 3/4” T-molding I suppose you could laminate two pieces of 3/4” MDF together. Either way, hold the bottom layer back from three edges so the T-molding will install properly.

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Bed bolt hardware will secure the table to the bandsaw. Use a self-centering doweling jig to drill three 3/8” holes for the 5/16” threaded rod. You’ll also need holes for the barrel nuts, which I drilled at the drill press. At this stage I also routed a groove with a .080” slot cutting bit for the T-molding. Plan the groove so your T-molding will be flush at the top, once the plastic laminate is installed. I used a scrap of 1” MDF and made test cuts at the router table until it came out flush.


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Use a doweling jig to drill three 3/8” holes in the cast iron table. You’ll locate the holes using the MDF table you just drilled.

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Since the MDF is thicker than the cast iron table, you’ll need a spacer under the table as you drill the holes. Size the spacer equal to the difference between the cast iron table thickness, and the MDF thickness (including plastic laminate). My walnut spacer was .15” thick. All this simply ensures that the tables will be flush once installed.

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Paint the underside of the MDF for a nice & tidy look.

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Add plastic laminate with contact cement. I used Wilsonart brand in matte black.

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Then hold the table up to the bandsaw, and locate the miter track slot. I used a router and dado guide to mill the slot.

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At this stage, we’re ready to add the T-molding.

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The T-molding is a snug fit in the .080 slot, so you just tap it in with a rubber mallet. No glue required. Use wire cutters to make a few notches in the rib of the molding to help it lay smoothly around the corners.

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Bolt the table in place and set it flush with the cast iron top. Since the holes are slightly oversized compared to the threaded rod, there’s a little wiggle room for adjustment.

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Having almost 16” of outfeed support on the bandsaw is quite handy. Most rails and furniture parts I cut on the bandsaw are readily supported by the new outfeed table.

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See part 1 of this blog series on how to make this custom everyday bandsaw fence for the 1412.

Supplies for the outfeed table..
-T-molding from Tmolding.com 1”
-.080” slot cutting router bit from Tmolding.com or Whitesiderouterbits.com
-Bed bolts from McFeelys.com
-Barrel Nuts from local hardware store
-Wilsonart matte black laminate from Home Depot
-1” MDF from Mr. Plywood (Mrplywoodinc.com)

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 12-15-2020 05:16 PM

I was just using this saw again the other day, and realized just how helpful it is for outfeed support.
I made something like it for my old bandsaw, and I bet most any bandsaw could benefit from a small permanent outfeed table.

Cheers

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-16-2020 01:14 AM

I agree. You have no idea how timely this blog has been for me. My next project will require me to make many cuts in 3ā€™ X 2ā€™ boards. I was just starting to think about how I was going to handle the boards when you posted this blog.

Iā€™m waiting on the T-molding to arrive to mount the out feed table.

Thanks Pinto!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 12-16-2020 03:02 AM

Nice! Looks like that will work out well for you.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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