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Blog entry by David Grimes posted 1054 days ago 2755 reads 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m nearly done with the drill press table, but am stalled waiting on some t-track for the fence. It will be here sometime next week.

So I have jumped into the next project: A table for my Ridgid Bandsaw. Here’s a BEFORE shot:

I am using some phenolic coated Baltic birch that I got from Rockler. I really like this stuff. No voids at all. It rips on my TS without chips. I can’t scratch it with my fingernails no matter how hard I try. Not so with lacquer, poly, shellac, etc.

The size will be 25 1/2” wide and 21 3/4” deep. I will use only one thickness of the phenolic directly onto the cast iron table (screwed from beneath). I’ll trim the edges with a skirt of maple, just like I have already done the fence.

I’m cheap, kind of… ;=) (that’s what is called a shot from left field that some of you will get) ... so I am gluing up some maple drops to use as the skirts on front and both sides (not the back). The blade scorches will be down, of course.

There are so few bandsaw tables that I have just been planning based on my known needs. Now please correct me if I have got this wrong, but there should be no need for a fence t-track on a bandsaw since stops and/or hold downs will not be necessary. Maybe a downward facing feather board, but not really. Is that right ?

The fence will have its two t-tracks on the table running front to back. I am putting a combo miter track / t-track on the table between the blade and the front. I’ll need to have a slit from blade position to one side so that I can get the table on and off without removing the blade. Come on, guys… double check behind me, please.

That’s it for today, but I will post as the project progresses.

Thanks for stopping in.

DG

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia



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Tomcat1066

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#1 posted 1054 days ago

Can’t really comment on the questions you’ve asked, since I know jack about bandsaws or bandsaw tables, but I can tell that you seem to like Rigid tools :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 1053 days ago

Yeah, Ridgid is the best bang for the buck and lifetime warranty to boot. They are made in the exact same Taiwan or ROC that Grizzly, Craftsman, Jet and others exploit.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 1053 days ago

Makes perfect sense to me :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 1053 days ago

If you do any resawing a tall featherboard can be really helpful…

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#5 posted 1050 days ago

Update: Just getting the parts together and finished for assembly.

Since I’ll be resawing off the fence on the back side of the blade, I found that on the miter slot it was most ergonomic to put it very close to the front (versus closer to the blade) for both pushing straight cuts in and left or right miters. I’m very right-handed. I’ll have 12 inches of table behind and in front of the blade.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 1050 days ago

Glad to see you like the Ridgid bandsaw. I bought the same one a couple weeks ago, despite the bad press. The $175 clearance price was too good to ignore. Like many other owners, I had to beef-up the stand with some ply and had to balance the wheels. Both tweaks were silly cheap and easy. I’m glad put the effort into the ridgid, rather than spending X2$ on another brand.

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#7 posted 1050 days ago

Me, too Tedstor. I haven’t done the plywood thing yet. When I get a minute, I’ve got the link belt and a Viking (exactly the same as Timberwolf when not from woodcraft) resaw blade to go on it. My vibration is not bad at all as it is stock, so we’ll see what those do to it. I got mine for $175, too. I did add the Grizzly 6” riser, too. Perfect fit.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#8 posted 1049 days ago

Where was that $175 price tag when I looked last. Dagnabbit!!!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 1049 days ago

Looking Good, Can’t wait to see how it works out for you!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 1048 days ago

I have the table substantially together now. I just attached the front and sides skirts. The finish is complete except for the brad holes I just made. The final finish is three medium coats of clear gloss Deft lacquer. The stain on the maple is MinWax Puritan Pine.

All that’s left is final attachment, fill and finish the brad holes, cut the slide bar on the miter gauge nearly all the way off, and calibrate (zero) the Incra T-track Plus rules to the blade.

After these things are complete, I’ll post to my projects. I still wish there was a quick way to convert a blog to a project.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#11 posted 1047 days ago

Between this and your drill press table, you might just have some of the sexiest shop tools on Lumberjocks :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#12 posted 1047 days ago

Well thanks for the compliment, but around here I suspect that my dolling up these Ridgid and Craftsman tools is akin to getting Whoopie Goldberg to wear a floss thong bikini ! (You might look at it… maybe even a Golleeeey! But no takers). It takes Grizzly or Jet or better to get a real rise out of this audience ! ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Tomcat1066

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#13 posted 1047 days ago

Yeah, but I suspect a few will end up copying your work on your Rigid for their Grizzly’s tables.

Of course, now I’m disturbed at the thought of Whoopie Goldberg in a thong. <shakes>

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#14 posted 1046 days ago

Thanks for the posting I am in process of referbing an old Buffalo (costing more than your new Ridgid. Where was that price tag when I was looking too) so the table plans will help

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 1045 days ago

I think I’ll copy that for my >>> $175 Jet saw. Thanks!

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