Bandsaw table

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Project by jaysuzi posted 08-26-2013 10:35 PM 2886 views 14 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 10:58 PM

That is exactly what I need for my old 1950’s Craftsman. How did you center the table on the saw? I really like the size and agree with you that extra space for the elbows is a good thing. Very nice job Jay!

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 11:39 PM

Very nice job ,I have built something like that but the fence is clamped with an F clamp.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 08-27-2013 06:29 PM

Nice accuracy you have achieved there. Sometimes when I talk in thousandths the people I am talking to, there eyes glaze over.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 08-28-2013 12:41 AM

Nice job. I need to make one.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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