After using my homemade band saw for a year, I’ve decided I should make some improvements. Back when I built it I used teflon to make the blade guides, but I don’t think this material is hard enough for this purpose.

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I have used some pieces of HPL to made them again. It’s a very hard material, and it’s ideal for a guide. I’ve cut them to length with the table saw and with the 3D router I made the adjustment grooves. After installing and testing them they seem to work much better.

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I’ve also noticed the table is bent because of all the tension it has withstood due to it being made with two plywood pieces glued together and a HPL sheet. I’ve disassembled the worktable and I’ve removed the hinges.

Then I have screwed a more sturdy set of hinges, the kind used in interior passing doors. I’ve cut the new table with my multi-purpose workbench, using hard birch plywood.

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For the upper part of the tabletop l’ve used another HPL board I had lying around in my workshop. I’ve cut it to size on the workbench reducing the circular saw’s speed. I’ve also made a zero clearance with a HPL sheet. Looks like the enhancements were worth it!

 

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