|Project by John Wainwright||posted 04-06-2016 03:37 AM||2665 views||6 times favorited||5 comments|
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?