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I needed extra length on the side and the rear of the bandsaw table for resawing 30-36'' logs. My old set up was a couple roller stands and some plywood which worked out OK but took 30 minutes to get everything right and level.
This new slide on only takes 30 seconds to slide on or off when needed. It's stored along my sheet good pile for now (last pic). It's extended 15'' on the outfeed side and 6'' on the right. This will easily handle my needs for now.

First step I used 1 1/2'' angle aluminum and mounted it to the rear and side of the table with 1/4-20 nuts and bolts.
Rounding off any sharp edges since this will stay on the bandsaw permanently.




Next I used some 2×3's and cut a 1/8'' slot to fit over the 1/8'' aluminum. Screwing together in a L shape with some pocket screws and test fitting over the brackets.




Next was to assemble a top to fit above the L shape 2×3's. I have a lot of 5/8'' particle board so that was my choice. I used two pieces for the top and reinforced it with a board screwed in from the bottom to hold it together.
I drilled 2 holes and used a 1/4-20 wood tap through the 2×3 and the aluminum. I used 2 star knobs with 1/4-20 bolts to screw in from the bottom past the aluminum to hold it in place. I ended up making a wooden 45 degree support to strengthen the rear for extra support. The velcro holds the support board so I don't loose it and chop it up for something else.




Now to give it a test. Slide the extension on, screw in the knobs, and add the support and done. About 30 seconds to install or remove when finished. If I had the room I would keep it on but it gets tucked behind the table saw when not in use.







I think that covers it. Any questions are welcomed. This could be a larger set up if needed. Just have to make the table larger.
Thanks for looking.

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Great idea, I may have to look into something like this if it's possible. Good job !!! Mel
 

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Thanks Mel. Let me know if yo have any questions. Simple to build.
 

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Good and simple solution!
 

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Great step by step pictures and descriptions! Nice work Dave!
 

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Dave this is so well written and documented you should submit to one of the woodworking magazines. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Good idea for expanding your work surface and very nice pictures and write up. Thanks!
 

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Great solution!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks Ivan. It's very simple to install and remove. No more fussing with getting the tables all set.
 

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Thanks kdc. I think I covered everything. It was getting late and my mind wasn't working correctly. LOL.
 

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Thanks Pete. It's a good idea for those with ess room in the shop and need a quick extension. Of course it can be kept on also.
 

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GR8 IDEA I love it GREAT JOB :<)))))))
 

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Thanks Dan. There aren't many ideas out there for smaller tables with quick on off abilities. I wanted something to install quickly and remove to save on space. It works well.
 

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Thanks Dave. This started off as a experiment but works out well enough that I'll keep it as is. I may add a couple things or improve later but for now it's all I need.
 

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Thanks Adolf. The pictures show everything needed to get done. The only tricky part is cutting the slot at the right height to compensate for the top to be level with the cast iron table.
 

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Thanks Jim. I'm sure a lot of us need or want a larger table but for my needs this is excellent set up. I could consider this more of a jig.
 

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Thanks Tony. I hope it can help out others who are in need of a extension and don't have a lot of room to keep it set up. It's a pleasure to take to set up and take off.
 

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real nice add on dave.ive had times when that would have really helped out.
 

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Thanks pottz. that's exactly what this is for. Quickly set it up and take it down. Only as needed. LOL.
 
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