More tools in the shop #4: Bandsaw storage

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Blog entry by Plasmon360 posted 07-05-2018 05:22 PM 1081 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My garage workshop has been getting very crowded. I am spending good amount of time trying to find things. I have been searching for places where I can store stuff near a particular tool.

In this pursuit, I saw unutilized space inside my grizzly G0555LX 14 inch bandsaw tool stand. I thought I could make a drawer and put some of the tools and accessories that go with the bandsaw in it. The accessories include a crappy miter gauge that I rarely use, extra bearings, hex keys, wrench and blades (still in package which I got in a yard sale).

The tricky part was that the bandsaw tool stand was angled by 5 degrees in both length and width direction, much like a truncated pyramid. In addition, with my limited time and creativity, it would be hard for me to put the slide rails for the drawer on the sides because the sides are angled.

I decided not to put any drawer slides and just attach two pieces of the wood at the bottom which acts like support and also as rails . I made a drawer box with rabbet joints at the ends with three slots along the depth direction to partition the box. I used scrap 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch plywood lying around to decrease my wood collection (becoming a nuisance these days). To install the drawer front, I put pieces of wood that were cut at 5 degrees between the box and the drawer front (see picture), this makes the drawer front parallel to the tool stand. Sanded it down and finished with some water based polyeurathane.

For now, the bandsaw holds my extra blades that are still wrapped in package. I am not sure if this box can store my bandsaw blades when they are opened from the package. Nevertheless, I am happy that I don’t need to waste 10 minutes trying to find a dedicated hex key to adjust the bearing supports.

Side view schematic of the drawer.

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#1 posted 07-05-2018 10:15 PM

Good idea and well done.

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 02:44 PM

I’ll be copying this immediately! Excellent idea and thanks for the detailed write up.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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