Adding Zero-Clearance to cast iron bandsaw table

NC Rick

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I was wondering about this, and considering countersinking some tiny fasteners in to hold it to the table. I have a small box of 4-40 x 3/8 allen flat-head screws which would fit nicely into the insert, and there is plenty of meat in the table under the pocket to drill+tap into. The machine is metric, so ideally maybe I'll wait and pick up an M2 or M3 equivalent just for ... religious purposes.
I go to the same church as you. :)
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Great job on improving your band saw I enjoyed your documentation of the process and the illustrations. I will have to keep that in mind. Very well done.
 

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I wish my Enco band saw had a iron/steel table like yours. The later aluminum table is flexy and cheap, like overcooked ramen noodles.
 

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Further peanut gallery comments: if I had it to do it again, I would not make my insert from aluminum. I'm using my saw this afternoon and looking at the insert, chips have become embedded on both sides and a rather difficult to remove. It is also "sticky" for parts to slide over it. This is my only experience so take it FWIW. I would maybe try Delrin or bronze? i will continue to roll with the aluminum, it's not bad but I think it could be better.
 

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Further peanut gallery comments: if I had it to do it again, I would not make my insert from aluminum. I'm using my saw this afternoon and looking at the insert, chips have become embedded on both sides and a rather difficult to remove. It is also "sticky" for parts to slide over it. This is my only experience so take it FWIW. I would maybe try Delrin or bronze? i will continue to roll with the aluminum, it's not bad but I think it could be better.

If you are referring to my insert instead of just yours -- I'll clarify that mine is steel since I did not mention it elsewhere. No idea what alloy since it was a tiny off-cut I inherited in a box of junk, but some low-carbon steel that took a decent surface finish. Looking back on it, prototyping an insert out of aluminum just to confirm that I could file a decent radius... probably would have been a decent idea.
 

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I'm sorry if my post seemed somehow critical to your solutions as my comment was only critical of my own inserts. I posted that personal thinking process just to share my own experience in case it proves useful to you or others. I think your choice of steel is better than my choice of aluminum. I have no idea how plastic would behave over time but I suspect steel or plastic would not share the problem of being sticky. I in fact feel like your choice of steel is likely the best option.
 

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I'm sorry if my post seemed somehow critical to your solutions as my comment was only critical of my own inserts. I posted that personal thinking process just to share my own experience in case it proves useful to you or others. I think your choice of steel is better than my choice of aluminum. I have no idea how plastic would behave over time but I suspect steel or plastic would not share the problem of being sticky. I in fact feel like your choice of steel is likely the best option.
Hah no worries, just clarifying. Indeed I find myself surprised at how many products ship with plastic inserts, even in woodworking tools... I just don't see how it could hold up over time under anything less than perfect usage (no accidents and or nicks during blade changes, etc)
 

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The first time my plastic insert in my Grizzly bandsaw disintegrated, I bought 3 or 4 replacements. I think I have 2 left now. When they go, I was planning to make one out of Delrin or Aluminum.
 

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The first time my plastic insert in my Grizzly bandsaw disintegrated, I bought 3 or 4 replacements. I think I have 2 left now. When they go, I was planning to make one out of Delrin or Aluminum.
These are the ones I made for my Grizzly. I bagged the jig but I don't even remember what it's for. Locating pins and facing, I think.
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