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How to Make a Band Saw Auxiliary Table

Improve the usefulness of a band saw by making a larger table for it.

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making a band saw auxiliary table
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Remove the Band Saw, and Build a Frame

Remove the table from the band saw, then place it on blocks of wood.

Build a frame around three sides of the table. The legs of the frame should extend beyond the length of the table to support the auxiliary plywood table.

build frame around three sides of table

Step 2: Secure the Frame

Bolt the frame to the table using the pre-existing fence rail holes. The frame will sit below the top of the table.

bolt frame to table

Step 3: Fit the Plywood Over the Table

Note: The distance from the top of the table to the top of the frame should be the same as the width of the plywood.

Fit the plywood over the table. There should be a notch in the back of the plywood to allow the band saw table to tilt. The plywood should be flush with the top of the table. If the plywood is slightly lower than the table, use a shim between the plywood and the frame to raise it to the proper height.

use shim between plywood and frame to raise it

Step 4: Attach the Plywood to the Frame

Screw the plywood to the frame using flat-head screws. Be sure to countersink the holes.

You can add a laminate top to the auxiliary table as well as adding a fence or a jig.

screw plywood to frame using flat head screws