Portable Metal Cutting Bandsaw Stand

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 01-14-2019 03:08 AM 3796 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need to cut some lengths of metal stock and started looking at ideas to convert a metal cutting bandsaw into a portable vertical bandsaw.

Wow, tons of ideas and projects on Youtube. This is my version.

Guys mainly make these out of metal but since I don’t have welding equipment, I used some scrap 4” x 4” douglas fir and plywood to make this holder. Luckily I have a buddy who gave me a piece of aluminum for the new table.

The saw features a “dead man” switch which shuts the saw off when released. Since you need two hands to hold the stock, I rigged the trigger on “hold down mode” with piece of angle iron. I turn the saw on and off via the switch panel on the right hand side. A little Rustoleum Red makes it pop.

About 5 hours of work and $12 for the holding hook and switch panel.

January 13, 2019

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 03:34 AM

Yep, looks good. I did one a few years ago. I use it all the time.
Definitely not as nice as yours. I later added some mods for the trigger rather than velcro.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 04:18 AM

What a great idea, thank you for posting

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 04:42 AM

Cool build. I imagine that will come in handy.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 05:45 AM

Great idea!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-14-2019 01:29 PM

I have the exact Miwaukee BS youve got there, and mulled this type idea many times… Did you just build on the fly, or did you map out the build ? I ask, bc if you have specs/dimensions of what you did here – id love to get a hold of them!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#6 posted 01-14-2019 01:34 PM


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#7 posted 01-14-2019 02:35 PM

I’m coveting your Milwakee portable band saw. I have the corded Harbor Freight model and while it’s “OK” and meets my limited needs, we have the Makita at work and it’s much better.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 01-15-2019 02:27 AM

Neat BAiNJ! Any pictures of the table attachment?

I’m as dumb as dead dog do-do… now whether you read that as do-do from a dead dog or just plain dead do-do, I’m still a moron. When I customised mine (it was a cordless so I had power activation issues), I had the kerf on the outside thereby limiting the width of the table… why?... over engineered, maybe a visit from uncle Alzhi or several, several, several too many vinos.

I use mine predominantly to cut bolts and then still be able to count 10 fingers (yes, using the remaining 10 fingers). It is also great to cut those recalcitrant pie-annie hinges with a mini mitre guage attached to the table.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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