Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build #7: Attaching table to frame

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-26-2016 07:15 PM 483 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Wheels, tensioner, etc. Part 7 of Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build series Part 8: Rip fence »

The next step was to attach the assembled table to the frame. I first placed the blade on the wheels. Then I removed the front channel from the table and set it in position on the frame with hinges against the hinge support. I ensured the table was square and then drilled 1/4” holes in the table hinge support to mate with the top holes in the hinges. Bottom hinge holes were located and drilled through the 1” diameter access holes in the right end. I bolted hinges to the support…it took some shimming between the hinges and hinge support to ensure squareness with the blade. I also ensured the table was able to tilt to a 45 degree angle…this took a few extra strokes with a file on the hinge notches. The next step was to make and attach two tilt lock support blocks to the frame. As seen in the photos, there is a metal rod that extends through the blocks and attaches to the metal tilt supports. A tilt lock handwheel is used to tighten and loosen the table. Attaching the table to the frame took extra time and pieces needed to be filed/adjusted to ensure proper fit. With that said, it came out fine when complete.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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