|Project by jfk4032||posted 09-14-2012 01:49 AM||5421 views||13 times favorited||5 comments|
I saw this table top insert used by a master intarsia artist who inspired me to try intarsia. When cutting very small pieces this zero clearance table top makes it easier and safer to manuever the pieces around the blade and not worry about the large gap on the Hegner tabletop which accommodates the table swivel to catch small pieces while cutting.
It’s quite simple yet works like a charm. I simply cut a piece of plywood scrap to the desired shape with a little overhang beyond the Hegner table. I attached three runners to “lock” the table top onto the existing metal table and then used multiple layers of metal ductwork tape to build up one side which was a little loose and made it a perfectly snug fit. This metal tape also helped to center the blade alley to slide effectively back and forth when installing and then taking off the table top. This tape buildup can be seen in the closeup shot in the last picture. I had to keep the thickness of the runners thin enough to not catch on the blade clamp jig when sliding table into position.
I finished the table top with Beall buffing system to make it easier to cut on. You can see the difference between the unbuffed bottom surface and the top surface in the pictures.
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!