Temporary Bandsaw Table

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Project by ldl posted 07-15-2012 03:43 PM 6236 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a temporary BS table which may end up being permanent till I get time to do better. I got tired of the original small 12”x12” table. I had an old cabinet door made of MDF sealed with paint. Originally I removed the original aluminum table and installed the trunnions directly to this new table hence the four extra holes on table top. Much to my surprise it wouldn’t go down to get the trunnions mounted to the saw. I found the aluminum table was 1” thick and hollow. I had to reinstall the trunnions to the alum table and reattach to saw then drill holes through it to mount the new table to the saw. This decreased the clearance between head and table by 3/4” but was necessary.

The original table had no fence so I made a fence and for a while I used clamps to attach it to table. Yesterday I finished pitting the tracks on and drilled holes in both faces of the fence to accept the “T”-track bolts as it has two different height sides. I cut a plywood plug for the table center and sawed for zero clearance center.

When I get a chance to order a miter slot track I will install it and it will be complete. I like the Incra track with the ruler in it and may come back later and change the track out for it. I will also fill the holes in the top with plugs sanded flush.

Hadn’t thought about it until I looked at the pictures here but I may also put a wood edge around it if I keep it long.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 01:17 AM

That’s pretty creative and looks like all the features were well planned. I almost bought one of those saws off CL today but decided 3 BSs was silly (but it was only $80).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 03:48 PM

Great job, cutting boards on the BS with be a snap now.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 05:59 PM

Thanks for the comments.

I have had this saw a long time and it has sawed a pile of wood. I started out with a 1/8” blade and used to do a lot of intricate work with it. Made a lot of small toys etc. I now have a 1/2” blade on it and have started doing some resawing so I needed a better table system to do this with. What I really need is a better bandsaw to start with.

The idea came to me this morning to take a 12” ruler and inlet on each side to allow a measured setting for the fence and not have to use a tape on each end of fence each time.

When I make all the changes I think of in the near future I will come back and rebuild it so it won’t be so ugly.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 01:07 AM

Thats the EXACT same bandsaw I have! I have been thinking about a table for resawing as well. Let me know how this design works.

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 05:13 AM

That will do the job for a long time .
Wood edge with soft corners would be nice .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 08:36 PM

I don’t think it is that ugly and with the other options like wood banding that you plan on doing it should look just fine and serve you for a long time to come. And who ever said that a shop tool had to be pretty as long as it works and lets you make the other things that you really want to be pretty.

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#7 posted 07-19-2012 12:55 AM

You got a point Richard. I have often said “pretty is as pretty does”. Rebuilding would be a low priority item to do when I run outa something else to do. I probably will band it soon and plug the extra holes though. Also going to inlet a ruler on each side to be able to measure when I set fence. I like the Incra “T”-tracks with included rulers but won’t change them out unless I rebuild it.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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