Bandsaw Upgrades - Outfeed Extension and Improved Dust Collection

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Project by USCJeff posted 02-24-2008 11:06 PM 12704 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was incredibly quick and I anticipated it being very helpful. The 4” dust collection hookup has always been attached to my Dust Collector. I would still however get dust building up around the lower bearings and other spots in that area. I used a plastic tube that split into a 4” and 2” hookup. I ran 2” hose under the table and strapped it very close to the bearings and table insert. I’m hoping this will catch most of the extra stuff that doesn’t make it into the cabinet to be collected by the main port.

I also made a very simple outfeed extension table. I mounted to long boards to each side of the table. They were mounted 1/8” lower than the table top so that I could add hardboard to top it. I mounted a 3/4” plywood sheet between the arms that extended 8” past the cast iron table. I topped that with hardboard as well. I then routed the miter slots with a str8 edge and str8 bit. Since the arms are bolted, I can tweek it if things get out of line.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 11:27 PM

I would be interested in knowing how the DC works.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 11:48 PM


This is a nice upgrade to your bandsaw. It gives you much more room to work. I like this approach since most of the tools we buy simply do not have a large enough work area. Great idea.

I might have to put this on my list but I need to get few scratches on my saw first (very similar to the anxiety of owning a new car).

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-25-2008 04:20 AM

Gary, yeah the DC will be fun to see if it pays off. Dick posted a very detailed review of his Rikon after I posted a short one on mine many months ago. The saw has a baffle very close to the 4” port and it covers about 80% of port. Needless to say, that’s a problem. I followed Dick’s lead and drilled it away. i laughed when they said OSHA requires it for keeping the users fingers out of a running wheel. Really, who actually sticks their hand into a dust port of a running bandsaw? Hmmmm. Maybe they should have left that one up to natural selection! hehe Her’s Dick's

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#4 posted 02-25-2008 04:57 AM

IThis what I was thinking when doing some sawing last night. Table is not long enough for most task. And my roller beds are to heavy to move over to the bs. How did you attach the timbers to the table? Did you drill and tap them?

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#5 posted 02-25-2008 05:10 AM

The four holes on the outside of the table were already there. Gotta thank Rikon for some foresight. They are not tapped so I used lock washers and machine screws. There was only 2 holes on the opposite side. I drilled a third (broke a bit in the process. oops). Speaking of your rollers, Al, I have a roller stand that broke at the base. I was thinking of using the operational roller here. My thought is that I could add pivoting arms to use the roller for long boards. It could fold down when not in use. Hmmm.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 08-10-2008 05:57 AM

UPDATE: I’ve now taken this idea a step further and love it. The extension table is still the same as far as mounting and dimensions. I ended up with an extra router (anyone else laugh when they here “extra router”), and it needed a home. My tablesaw wing already houses my biggest router. I have a Bosch Colt that I do most handheld stuff with. So I had an underpowered cheasy laminate router that needed a home. The outfeed table was the perfect spot. I simply drilled a small hole that will allow medium bits to clear and screwed the router directly to the table. I use only bearing guided bits. I’ve actually have only had a flush trim bit in it so far. I use that bit a ton, so it’s nice to have ready. Check out the next issue of Woodsmith (#179). Got an email saying it will be shown in it, so I can’t post the image here. Don’t care a ton about that, but the tip $ wlil go towards a pathetically stocked lumber rack. Maybe I can quit doing shop projects and build something.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 04:25 PM

Deke, I didn’t strap the hose that leads to the cutting action. The underside of the table has several ribs and what not. It stays in place with the pressure to a rib near the insert and the other side of the hose that is anchored to the main hose.

The down side, If you tilt the table for angled cuts the hose will come free. I rarely change the table tilt so it hasn’t been an issue. I suppose anything from magnets to glue could work but I ‘m ok with it free.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 07:07 PM

The magnet suggestion is a good one. Thanks!

-- Nate - Portland

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 07:29 PM

Wow nice table extension ! not only is it functional but beautiful to look at as well ,Well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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