Make your own - shop aids, tools, jigs #4: New 10" bandsaw

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Blog entry by curliejones posted 07-17-2019 10:40 PM 528 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m just finishing up a bathroom re-model that turned out to be much more work than I imagined. Keeping up with this six-acre homestead, gardens, and a forty-year-old house are about enough to keep me busy, but I still love woodworking and spending time in the shop. So other than materials for the bathroom, the “labor cost” involved anew 10” bandsaw. I shopped and compared, I read reviews and ended up buying the Rikon 10-306. There are some quirks that Rikon needs to work out but the overall build quality seems pretty good.

One of the challenges we all face is balancing the “wants” with the amount of space available to use so I always like to think long and hard about what I should purchase and where shall it be placed in the shop. I’ll use the phrase “Justify Your Footprint”. My stationary tools are all on mobile bases and I wondered about the bandsaw sharing space on with another tool. After a few “no that won’t work because_” moments I decided that the bandsaw should share space with my lunchbox planer. The weights when combined would still be only 2/3rds the weight rating of 300 lbs for the mobile base and the best thing was that I could use the metal stand that the planer was sitting on for both tools. The legs flared out quite a bit and I believed it to be a square foot glutton, especially after seeing some of the flip-top stands used for combination planer and other tools.

Using a very analytical approach, I removed the planer from the metal stand and climbed atop then did some jumping-it did not wiggle in the least. I weigh about 200 lbs and so will the tools and top. I used some 2×4 material, measured the eight degree flare on the legs, and cut a bevel on the edge of the 2×4. I decided on a 17” x 48” platform to hold both planer and bandsaw and have a couple inches to spare. The table top hangs past the metal stand by a foot in each direction and is well supported by the 2×4 structure beneath. I painted the top with some workshop gray outdoor paint, and painted the lower shelf that I had inserted into the metal frame some time ago.

I was careful to mount the slightly lighter bandsaw first and placed a couple of 20 lb dumbells on the lower shelf for safety. The back column of the saw (the heavier half) sits just past the metal frame. I then mounted the planer and had about 7 inches between the two tools. There’s a tool storage door on the planer that needed room to open but the height control and lock are on the opposite side away from the saw. This actually worked out great for more than the total weight reason. With the legs flaring out on the metal stand, the planer could not be stored closer than a foot from the wall. Now that foot is hanging past the stand and the planer can go all the way to the wall. The metal stand and mobile base were unchanged, so this was quick. Additionally, the bandsaw which will se more action than the planer, sticks out into the shop aisle about six inches more than the planer stand did previously. No extra floor space was needed and a little bit of space , roughly 6” x 17” is needed 30” off the floor.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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