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06-14-2021 03:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw harvey woodworking mobile base cabinet storage

All,

In a separate thread I asked about the space my 125” (317.5cm) bandsaw blades will take up, because I was considering building a cabinet between my mobile base and the saw to store them. I’ve just completed that cabinet, and since at least one of you was interested I’ll share the project here.

The saw on its base stands 34-1/2” at the table. That’s great for my table saw but I think too low for a bandsaw where I will be closer to the work and may be doing some fine detailed work. My current bandsaw, a 10” Craftsman benchtop model, sits on a cabinet that sets its table at 48” – I’ve found that is too high. So I decided 42” would be a good height.

Factoring clearance for the Vevor Adjustable Base I got to go with this (similar to the Grizzly All-Swivel Base) and the height of its bars, I figured I could afford a 3” deep drawer. To provide some stability on the stand I set the base 20” deep (front to back) and 28” wide. I had some shop-grade ply, some treated 2×12s from a deck project, and some other junk (including part of the wood crate my Grizzly table saw came in – I used that for the drawer bottom) so was able to clear up the clutter of bits and pieces of wood in my junkpile just a little bit – BONUS!

I’m attaching some pictures of the cabinet and a PNG showing the build plan and ISO views. I cannot upload PDF or my original TurboCAD 2021 Deluxe file so private message me if you want either.
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Saw sitting on base. I used a chain hoist into a large eyebolt in my garage ceiling to hold up the saw while I bolted it to the base. Worked really, really well.
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One problem I had to solve was how to secure the cabinet to the mobile base so the saw bolted to the cabinet couldn’t tip out. The base’s feet and hoists stick into the cabinet area by 1-1/4”, so I just used 2×8s cut down to 6” for the sides of the cabinet. This gave me enough meaty wood at the sides to attach 5/16” x 1-1/2” lag bolts through one of the mobile base mounting holes on each corner without stealing drawer width. I had to drill out the back side of the white side bar and the grey corner piece – slow and steady and it was soon done. This image shows the two bolts that secure the side bar with the lag bolt in the middle.
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The front and back are 3/4” plywood; the back is the same 6” height as the sides and the front is 2-1/8”, just tall enough to clear the white bars. I didn’t add a bottom – no need. I used 16” drawer glides left over from another project. This image shows the finished cabinet frame inside the mobile base, minus the top (it’s sitting on top of another cabinet so I wouldn’t have to work on the floor …).
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The finished product came out even better than I expected. I bolted the saw from the bottom using 3/8” x 3” machine bolts, a large washer underneath to prevent the head from coming up into the base plywood (but I counterbored the hole with a Forstner bit by 3/16” so the bolt wouldn’t run into the drawer), another washer on top, lock washer and bolt. Using the chain hoist for this made it a one-person operation, though my wife did turn the wrench for the bolts on the back of the cabinet while I held another wrench underneath.
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Here is a PNG with a build plan and materials list.
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What do you think?

-- Washington (the other WA - the state)


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