You have recently put your investment in buying a portable band saw. You were happy to get it. But as you get home. There is an alarm ringing in your head. You are short of money, and you need a table for it. So do not worry.
Believe in yourself and our step-by-step guide. We will tell you how you can plan your new portable band saw table.
Before you proceed, you should make a few things very clear. Follow the simple design.
The raw material should be solid and durable. It should be able to take the weight of the machine. Let us have a step-by-step guide towards making a table for yourself.
The portable band saw table plans to make at home.
Step one: Getting the steel plate ready:
The first and the foremost thing you need is a steel plate. Its size is customized to your needs. This plate should be both rust and dent-free. In case you find rust on your table, you have to work it out.
For this, you need to have an angle grinder. Attach a flap disc to it. After removing the rust and residues with it, you will use an orbital sander to remove the rust. Once all the rusty parts have been cleaned. Please clean it up thoroughly.
Step two: Marking the size of the table:
Now take the dimensions of your portable band saw. While taking the size, you have to keep a few things in mind. The table should be more oversized on all sides than the machine, as it will provide you with a working margin.
Next is, it should have a comfortable working height. The last important thing is as the machine is portable, so do not make it very heavy. Mark the size on the steel sheet.
Step three: Cutting along the measurements:
Now take a bed frame rail. You can clamp it on the steel sheet. Fix it along the marked line with the help of an angle grinder cut along this rail. This rail serves as a guide to cut along the marked measurements and keeps the mill moving as straight as possible.
Cut along all margins. Do not forget to file the sharp edges. This filing helps to make the edges smooth and free of any nooks.
Once all the cuttings have been done, remove them from the main plate. This is achieved with the help of an angle grinder and chisel.
Step four: Clamping the legs together:
Once you have removed the main body’s legs, you need to clamp them and make sure they are the same height. Again, your angle grinder will help you fix the leg pieces.
Also, cut off any increased parts. Once you have the exact sizes, you are ready to proceed to the next step.
Step five: Welding the legs:
You have to bevel all the edges. Make sure you remove any paint from the welding surfaces. Once all cleaning is done, you can now weld the legs at both the inside and outside corners.
The protruding ends and nooks can be easily ground off. You can check your welding strength by putting some load on it. It will also check the alignment of all the legs.
Step six: Cutting the saw blade:
Once you have successfully made the table frame, now is the time for giving it a finishing look. Measure the length of your saw blade. Mark this on your table. Mark it according to its position on the table.
Again, secure the straightness of your cut with the help of the bed rail. Clamp it. Now you can cut along the marked line. File it if needed.
Pass your saw blade through it. This will enable you to make any changes if required. Let us march on to the next step.
Step seven: Locking the saw:
Turn the table upside down. After you have checked the saw blade cut and have conveniently passed it through, now you have to fix it with the help of clamps.
Usually, we use toggle clamps. Before you proceed with the welding tool, permanently mark the area for error-free working.
Now weld the toggle clamps underneath. They not only hold the saw in place but also assist in its steady functioning. You can quickly release the toggle clamps whenever you want to replace them or remove them.
Now once you have fixed your portable band saw on the table. You have accomplished your task. You can inevitably paint your table. Not only will it give it an attractive look, but it will secure it from rust.
You can also weld locking wheels underneath. It will help you in carrying it around. It should have wheels with locking and unlocking options.
So that when you want to take it somewhere, it is easy to carry. And at times when you want to carry out any carpentry task on it, lock the tires.
Now we will move on to the final step.
Final step: Test your table:
Take a piece of wood and test run your portable band saw table. Cut them through. You should be able to check your table’s strength without losing any leg!
If you find your table trembling or it is not steady during the test run, you can check any difference in length. You should also secure all the welding points.
If any is left loose or it gets off after some time, you can always go back to reweld it. With all the precautionary measures, this table is expected to be good enough to be enjoyed by your grandkids!
Once you have a steel plate, you can take the measurements according to your table. However, carpentry seems to work with power steering tools, cutting, and fixing, but it counts a great deal on exact sizes.
So, after precise measurements. Carefully work with the grinder to cut the legs. After cutting, you have to weld them to the base of the table. Then make a line cut for the saw blade.
After this weld, a toggle clamp for holding the band saw in fixation. Now test your bandsaw on your table and enjoy it.
Though the procedure is straightforward and precise, if you find any problem, you can fix it by staying cool and following the basics.