|Project by jaysuzi||posted 08-26-2013 10:35 PM||2116 views||14 times favorited||4 comments|
I put together this inexpensive table for my bandsaw (about $6 of MDF and the rest from scraps). It measures 2’x2’ and gives me plenty of support. I have it centered front to back, which I am glad I did. Even on small projects, I like the extra room in front for a resting/pivot area for my arms. It helps me be nice and stable. The fence is a simple design that also lets me compensate for drift. The markings are a bit too extreme. I made them based upon my worst blade (the one that came with the saw) and has about 6 degree of drift. But having that mark, and knowing what vertical is, I can estimate for my other blades.
I applied a few coats of poly, sanding in-between, and finished up with some paste wax. Boards slide nicely through it. Although MDF is cheap and ugly material for most projects – I like it for some of my shop accessories as it is very flat and consistent.
I have used it for a couple small projects, and love it so far. Between this table and all of the GREAT help I have found here on Lumberjocks for tuning this saw, I have turned this $200 new in box Craigslist bandsaw into a nice working saw. I wouldn’t recommend a Rigid bandsaw to anyone, and I have had to put a fair amount of time into tuning it, but I am very pleased now. I was even able to test resawing on a 2×4 to under 1/10th of an inch with only a few thousands of variation.
Update: I had a question about how I attached it. I have uploaded a new picture from the bottom (the ugly side). I simply have it mounted in the miter slot with a piece of oak cut to a very snug fit. Then I just have a simple block to push it up against the existing table. This allows me to simply slide it on and it hasn’t moved on me yet.
-- Jay in Pennsylvania