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Band Saw Table Upgrade

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Project by John Wainwright posted 04-06-2016 03:37 AM 1846 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been using my band saw quite a bit lately, and I’m constantly having issues with the table being too small, and the miter gauge being ridiculously crappy. It’s a cheapy Ryobi 9” that I actually got for free, but it cuts well – it just needed a bigger table surface and a more accurate miter gauge.

Unfortunately, this is one of those tools where someone at Ryobi thought that a 5/8” miter slot was a really great idea. Pair that with a 6” long, $5 miter gauge, and you’ve got a whole lot of useless.

Initially, I considered just adding extensions to the stock table to increase the surface area, but I still had the issue of the miter slot…and if I make a whole new table with a better miter slot, how am I going to attach it??

While examining the stock table (and specifically it’s mounting system), it occurred to me that I could make a new table from scratch and mount it to the stock bracket. I used a 2-ply approach with 1/2” maple-veneer plywood on top, and 1/2” MDF glued and screwed into the bottom to help stiffen it. I considered just using thicker plywood, but the thicker I made the piece the mounting bracket attached to, the more I’d lessen my resaw depth.

I used brass thread inserts to mount the bracket and the zero-stop bolt to the underside of the table, and finished the edges with 1×2 pine to take the brunt of the inevitable dings. It’s got a standard 3/4” x 3/8” miter slot and zero-clearance insert from Rockler, and now I can use any of the miter gauges I have in my shop, and I can make special-purpose jigs as well.

Overall, I about doubled my work surface, and actually gained 1/8” of resaw capacity. It’s nice and solid, and doesn’t look half bad.

The next modification will likely be a fence system, and then a either a folding or cleat-hung out-feed table.

-- What wood John do?





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horky

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 12:48 PM

John, that is a great idea. I have a small Delta that has the same issues you mentioned. I now have a solution to fix them. Thanks for sharing and my ‘to-do’ list just got longer.

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GTR14

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 12:52 PM

I have a small Craftsman that I will use your good idea on. Thanks for sharing.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 01:21 PM

That is a good idea to just remake the table. Great job on it too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 11:49 PM

A larger table is always helpful on this shop workhorse. Nice one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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hotbyte

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#5 posted 04-07-2016 11:10 AM

Nice idea. I have newer model of same saw and have added this to my to-do list. Thanks!

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