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Project by sansoo22 posted 09-01-2020 01:12 AM 1133 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Short version: This is roughly a 24” x 24” x 16” cabinet I made with two drawers to put my Craftsman 12” band saw on. It is made of maple plywood with maple trim. The drawer faces are maple plywood with edge banding. The bottom drawer has dividers for blade storage and the top drawer is just a band saw spare parts crap catcher. The mobile base is a standard Rockler DIY kit.

Longer version: I build this for two primary reasons.
1 – I absolutely hate x loathe the angled metal stands that come with many tools. They seriously drive me crazy with their odd shape and uselessness other than holding up a tool.
2 – I like to keep all the “stuff” for a tool at the tool so I’m not taking several trips around the shop for a blade change or fence setup.

You may be wondering why this is made of expensive maple and maple ply. Well the answer to that is my dad is semi retired and runs a Home Depot tool rental department. A contractor brought back a damaged sheet of maple ply and a bunch of 1×4s that were twisted or had ugly grain. I guess they were doing a custom built something or other and none of the materials they returned passed muster. I got everything for about 30% of retail so figured why not use it all as practice pieces.

The cabinet is basic 3/4 ply carcass and face frame with some extra top and side supports. I built 3 more face frames to trim out the sides and back. The top trip is a basic picture frame with some oak dowels to reinforce the corners. This was a rather challenging thing for no other reason than it was that one project that fights you the whole way.

The full extension ball bearing slides were cheap ones I got off Amazon and had to wait for shipping from China. Like bonehead I didn’t double check their measurements before building the drawer boxes. Well the slides are about 17/32” instead of a true 1/2” so I got to build drawer boxes twice. Good practice for me. Unfortunately I rushed the second set and the top drawer is not quite square now. After two sets of drawers and it being a shop piece I’m calling it good.

I learned the hard way I don’t like my battery powered trim router for some tasks. It’s a little top heavy and i gouged the face frame. No big deal just make a trim piece and hide the ugly.

And while I was at it I never really liked the dust collection on this band saw so I used the factory metal bracket but built my own adapter. I epoxied one of those awkward crevice tools for a shop vac to the my custom braket.

Next step will be adding a 4” port to the bottom wheel cabinet opposite corner of the motor. I know its a lot of work for a 12” band saw but upgrading is out of the question for the time being so why not make what I have something I enjoy using.





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 09-01-2020 01:39 AM

Great job sansoo... looks good too. Love the concept of consumables “stored on board”... exercise to “fetch” is the job of the canine flea magnet and not the buyer of bones.

However,
  • Give maj his roughly measurer back.
  • I have a few of those angled frames spare to drive you fully crazy.
  • How can you misplace what you are holding, if you don’t unnecessarily roam the workshop.
  • Wasn’t wondering initially… but now, why didn’t your old man give it to you for free… doesn’t he have an after hours key? Could have used his semi to load up big!
  • Petition China to go imperial… that falsely advertised .8mm difference is an indictable offence.
  • Don’t throw the trimmer out… make an offset base for it (RTFI[nternet])

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

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sansoo22

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#2 posted 09-01-2020 03:42 AM

Thanks LBD – I want to blame China for the metric slides but really that’s on me for making assumptions and we all know what that spells.

A fixed base with handles and an offset base are on the To Do list for the trim router. A Milwaukee Fuel with a real offset and plunge bases would be super nice to have. But that’s north of 300 bucks vs a few dollars for some decent knobs on some shop made bases. I would turn my own knobs but the ShopSmith is still a pile of parts.

I wish my dad could get me better deals and/or free stuff from Home Depot but they have a TON of rules. He has to talk the general manager into letting him even buy returned stuff super cheap. Employees aren’t even supposed to shop the clearance stuff without approval.

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#3 posted 09-01-2020 04:38 AM


... A fixed base with handles and an offset base are on the To Do list for the trim router.

I wish my dad could get me better deals…
- sansoo22


We’re not playing Monopoly… no get out of jail free blue card for China!

Had no idea what an offset base was, till I got the Milwaukee… yep it is a tad shekel heavy, but you do get the grunt of a decent router in a small footprint… A custom offset base (no need for a handle) should be priorititty..

As for your dad… you made him a proud father of a son... he owes you… get him to change jobs to where he can graft.

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

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#4 posted 09-01-2020 12:45 PM

Nicely done man :-) I’ve had some sort of base cabinet with storage for my bandsaw on the “someday” list for several years. Glad you make progress faster than I do!

Now, let’s talk about that tubular steel table saw stand back there… ;-)

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

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#5 posted 09-01-2020 07:14 PM



Now, let s talk about that tubular steel table saw stand back there… ;-)

- HokieKen

I’m refusing to talk about that table saw stand. I have lost many hours measuring the tubes and searching for a good way to attach plywood sides so I can remove the dust shroud and hook up a 4” port.

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