Bandsaw Table Upgrade

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Project by ShakerBoxMaker posted 2011 days ago 5543 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve owned this Bandsaw since new in 1982 (when I was still in college) and it has served me well, but to really make Shaker Oval Boxes I needed to be able to resaw band stock easily and consistently. So I began my upgrade journey. I added a riser block, new tires, new tension spring, a tension crank extension, dust collection port, work light, switch/outlet box, a Kreg fence and a 2 HP motor upgrade with a linked belt. But it still needed something so I added the table which is 23 ½” square by 1 ¼” thick MDF. The table has a ¾” guild bar on the underside to register it with the factory top and a stop block that easily bolts to the factory fence mounting holes. With this set up, I do need to slide the top off to change the blade, but it comes off quickly.

Before someone points out that if I’d sold the saw as it was and put with what I spent on the upgrades I could have purchased something new with similar capabilities, they’re missing the point of the challenge!

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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#1 posted 2011 days ago

Looks like you took a Vega and hot rodded it out…...

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 2011 days ago

I don’t know if I’d call it a Vega… I have the same saw with a different cabinet / motor configuration and I’d at least call it an Impala.

Nice work on the table, I really like how you mounted it to the factory table. This might be in my saw’s future. And the extended crank handle will shortly be a must!

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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#3 posted 2011 days ago

I’ve got an older craftsman bandsaw that I dearly love, probably because I’ve never tried anything better. But anyway. I’ve needed a table upgrade for a long time. I will file yours as a definite possibility. Thanks for the write up and picts.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#4 posted 2011 days ago

How we’re you able to find a riser block for an old saw? I have a King 14” that I’ve owned for about 4 years and when I enquired with King about a riser for my model they said they we’re not available for their older saws. Did you modify a kit or what?

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#5 posted 2011 days ago

Delta has made millions of 14” Bandsaws all with two main castings and countless import clones means riser blocks are readily available. I just helped a friend track down a replacement part of his 1964 version of the same saw. It was a piece of cake. I guess that is one reason I’ve stuck with Delta.

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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#6 posted 2010 days ago

I want to make some Norwegian boxes. Those are Shaker boxes with Viking ship figure head style latches on both ends:-) This is what I’m in for, huh? Thanks for the posting. Nice work.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 2010 days ago

It’s all about the challenge.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#8 posted 2010 days ago

I seriously doubt that by buying it all new you could come close to the performance you will get with what you have done here. More importantly you now know the inner workings and what it takes to get your saw do what you want. Thats what the “buy it out of box” folks sometimes miss.
Well done!

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#9 posted 2010 days ago

Very nice.

-- He said wood...

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#10 posted 2010 days ago

Great upgrade Happy sawing.


-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1803 days ago

Nice upgrade!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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