The Family Handyman
Don’t risk spraining your ankle on odd-shaped scraps scattered all over the floor during your next band saw project. Buy a lightweight plastic bin with a lipped rim and a 6-ft. length of 1-1/2 in. wide x 1/16-in. thick flat aluminum ($4 at a home center).The bin should be about the same length as the band saw table. Bend the aluminum into a U-shape to support the rim on three sides, and screw on a 2-in. x 1/2-in. board to beef up the U-frame. Bend the protruding ends as needed so they fit the saw table snugly,then firmly clamp the frame to the table with a bar clamp. The board side of the frame pressed against the band saw table helps lock the frame to the table when you tighten the clamp.
Once the bin is in place, you can toss in cutoff pieces as you work and lift it out when it’s full.You’ll never again slip on a pile of scraps or grab a broom to sweep them up. Thanks to William Johnsen for inspiring this tidy tip.