|Forum topic by William Shelley||posted 06-01-2014 07:15 AM||1057 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-01-2014 07:15 AM
Some of you may have seen my blog post regarding my 20” bandsaw project. I’ve been tied up with some other stuff over the last week and have had only a few hours to put into it, but next week is full steam ahead.
One of the design elements that I have not yet figured out is a pretty big part… the table surface. Below is my initial design:
The front-to-back miter tracks are optional but I thought they would be good to have for mounting jigs to or something. I don’t know what material to make the surface from though. I don’t like to use MDF for this kind of thing because in my experience it doesn’t hold up well to wear. I have some 6/4 maple that I could glue up like an edge-grain butcher block. The maple is a little costly for this project though. I have some 4/4 low-grade hickory that was significantly cheaper which I also thought about using.
The overall thickness is targeted at 1-1/2” and the size will be approximately 28” wide and 18” deep. The other issue that comes up is how to surface such a large piece since I have only a 13” thickness planer (and only a 6” jointer).
Some suggestions on this would be appreciated. Solutions that are inexpensive would be best. I’m not adverse to lurking on craigslist until a deal pops up on a good material choice.
-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective