Band saw improvements

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Project by dschlic1 posted 09-03-2014 09:32 PM 2568 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been thinking for sometime about acquiring a band saw. Then two weeks ago I agreed to a project which requires a band saw. So I purchased an old Craftsman 12” tilting head saw off of Craigslist. It did not look like it had seen much use, rather suffered from non-use.

My “shop” is a two car garage which has two cars parked in it. So all equipment must be movable and have a storage area. The first thing I made for the saw was a mobile base. You can see a detail in the second photo. Most commercial bases have the wheels or castors mounted outside of the equipment footprint. I simply did not have the space for that. So I did a DIY base copying some designs I found off the Internet. I purchased four castors from Harbor Freight (the smallest model) and used some yellow pine I recovered from a pallet. Works great. I am think of doing the same for my thickness planner.

The second improvement are the hooks or hangers on the sides of the saw. I like to store all of a machines accessories on the machine. Saves space and time.

I could not locate a fence for this particular saw, however I saw a DIY fence on the Internet using a miter gauge. I have an old miter gauge from my table saw which was replaced by an Incra model. The end of table has a channel which is suppose to hold a fence, but which made an excellent place to secure a wood block with a 3/4” slot routed in it. The miter bar fits perfectly in this slot and I have a wood auxiliary fence which makes a good rip/re-saw fence. Still needs some fine tuning but it seems to work.

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#1 posted 09-05-2014 03:37 PM

I like the mobile base, simple but functional. I have the same saw, that was given to me by my father in-law, and am in the same situation as you. My “shop” is a 2 car garage that also has to house 2 cars. My saw currently has small, cheap plastic casters mounted on the bottoms of each of the legs. When using the saw the plastic wheels tend to slide easily on the concrete floor. I would really like to build a base like yours, would you be able to direct me to where you found the details/plans?

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#4 posted 09-05-2014 09:30 PM

That’s a great fix. Some of my power tools are movable. Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 02:07 PM

i have the same saw and i made my fence from the angle iron. my girl friend lives in a big apartment complex and there is a huge number of people who throw away bed frames. I get throwing away a bed or box spring even but the frame is all metal. i brought it back and made a little fence. i hold it down with some big clamps.


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