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PLShutterbug

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06-10-2021 02:06 PM

Hey all -

I just got my new Harvey Ambassador C14 bandsaw Tuesday and am creating a mobile base for it. No, I cannot bolt it to the floor – it must be portable. I am building a short, one-drawer cabinet on top of the all-swivel mobile base I bought to mount it on, to hold spare blades and any other tool-specific gadgets. I’ll bolt the table to the 3/4” Baltic Birch top of the cabinet, and I’ll bolt the 1-1/8” plywood floor of the cabinet to the mobile base.

This saw has a 125” blade.

Measuring the base, and its feet, and the height of the saw to the table I think that 42” will be a good working height. This means my drawer can have about 2-5/8” storage height inside. The drawer will be about 18” deep by 24” wide.

Is this going to give me enough clearance to hold two or three spare blades if they are coiled?

Thanks.

-- Washington (the other WA - the state)


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splintergroup

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#1 posted 06-10-2021 02:27 PM

My 144 inch blades coil up into 15” diameter coil with three loops. Since the blade needs to overlap at some point, the height of the coil is 2x the blade width. My 1-1/4” blade stacks at about 2-1/2” high. Small blades like 3/4” only need 1-1/2”.

Great idea about raising the saw up. There are points when you spend long stretches of time doing careful cuts and not being hunched over will really make your back happier 8^)

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#2 posted 06-10-2021 02:40 PM

I would say measure your coiled blades to determine if the drawer space will be enough.

Here’s another option for blade storage in a mobile base. I added dividers/shelves and then put different size blades together.

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#3 posted 06-10-2021 02:59 PM



I would say measure your coiled blades to determine if the drawer space will be enough.

Here s another option for blade storage in a mobile base. I added dividers/shelves and then put different size blades together.

- Bill_Steele

Beautiful cabinet for your bench saw but unfortunately it is too tall for my floor-standing saw. Without any base at all its table is 34-1/2” high, so I only have about 8” to play with.

I also only have one blade right now – the one that came with the saw. Let’s see what others say about how high the drawer needs to be to hold blades.

Thanks!

-- Washington (the other WA - the state)

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#4 posted 06-10-2021 03:07 PM

Follow-on question … when you buy new bandsaw blades, do they come in rigid containers that make it easy to coil and store them, or do you just end up coiling them and then tying them up so they don’t spring out to size?

-- Washington (the other WA - the state)

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#5 posted 06-10-2021 03:17 PM

That cabinet will have to be a stout beast. If I recall, my C-14 weighs something like 350 lbs. I’m not sure I would want the table any higher either. There isn’t a lot of available space on the sides either. I just coil my blades and hang them on the wall.

Some blades come in a cardboard box, most are just coiled with paper around the blades, otherwise. I use zip ties so I know they won’t come apart and have the blade uncoil.

Keep us posted. I’m curious to see what you come up with. Might have to “borrow” your ideas.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 06-10-2021 03:20 PM



That cabinet will have to be a stout beast. If I recall, my C-14 weighs something like 350 lbs. I m not sure I would want the table any higher either. There isn t a lot of available space on the sides either. I just coil my blades and hang them on the wall.

Some blades come in a cardboard box, most are just coiled with paper around the blades, otherwise. I use zip ties so I know they won t come apart and have the blade uncoil.

Keep us posted. I m curious to see what you come up with. Might have to “borrow” your ideas.

- EarlS

Thanks Earl, will do.

-- Washington (the other WA - the state)

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#7 posted 06-10-2021 03:55 PM

The base I made in the picture above is for my Laguna 1412. I decided not to use the base that came with the saw because the table height was too low for me. Lucky for me the base that comes with the 1412 is a separate unit. I can see where you are limited in mobile base height if your saw does not have a separate base like the 1412.

I coil my blades with the twisting and pushing technique I saw on the Alex Snodgrass video. I just carefully place the coils together in the storage space.

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#8 posted 06-10-2021 04:00 PM

I just hang my blades on a wall behind where I park the saws, probably have about 15 various blades stored.

You can get 4 loops in a coil if you work at it, that would reduce the size of your 125” blade coil from a tad over 13” to about 10”.

Consider that your space is also useful for keeping any assorted wrenches and “spare” parts handy. Tools and new guide bearings are nice to have handy since you usually don’t decide it’s replacement time until you are in the middle of a project and rather not waste time hunting these items down.

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#9 posted 06-14-2021 03:47 AM

All,

Thanks for your suggestions here. I’ve just posted my build of a cabinet into my mobile base for the saw.

Let me know your thoughts. If you’d like a PDF version of the build plan or the original TurboCAD 2021 Deluxe file, private message me.

-- Washington (the other WA - the state)

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