Shop Improvements #11: New Rikon 10" Bandsaw, Drill Bit and Rotary Tool Carousels

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Blog entry by wolflrv posted 01-16-2012 05:50 PM 6846 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After seriously struggling with my old B&D bandsaw, I finally gave up, bit the bullet and got a new Rikon 10-305 10” Bandsaw. It’s very nice and is cutting wonderfully with no blade wandering at all. I also have a 1/2” Woodslicer blade from Highland Woodworking for it, which I plan to try out soon.

Another project I’ve been working on is organizing my side bench better. In the last blog post I added the shelving above the bench to make room for the new carousels that I’ve been building. I’m trying to make more room in my toolbox and also have quicker access to most of the bits I need regularly. I’ve looked at countless drill bit organizers, indexes, cabinets, etc, but none quite fit the bill for my work area. So this is what I’ve come up with!

The two carousels took about a week to build, paint and drill all 315 holes! They are mounted on 9” lazy susan turntables and are quite sturdy and very heavy.

The only thing I’m not happy with is the labeling on the drill bit carousel. It’s hard to read for this ol’ man, but I may repaint the numbers in white or something, to make them stand out more…not sure yet…but both work well and will definitely help me out in the shop!!

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 07:17 PM

Can you instruct me on what you did to make your drill press table adjust. I added a bigger table and now is awkward moving it up and down since the handle hits.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 09:07 PM

I’ve seen drill bit lazy susans before, but never with the bins for parts. Brilliant idea!

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 09:18 PM

+1 on the parts bins. I really like that idea. I have a couple of carousels for my Foredom tool jewelry working bits and mandrels and that would be perfect for all those little sanding disks, rubber abrasive wheels and cones, etc.

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 11:23 PM

03gtvert…if you look at this link, it will show you a pick of the backside of the table and a better view of the extension. Basically, it’s just a threaded pipe and a coupler. I did have to hollow out one end of the coupler and removed quite a bit of material inside for it to slide over the original handle post. Then I just drilled and tapped a set screw into the coupler, screwed the pipe into it and then reattached the handle and tightened that set screw. You can get threaded pipe in various lengths depending on your table width. Just make sure you get the right sized pipe to go through the existing handle. Parts total was about $5. I already had the taps.

Thanks for the comments KayBee and crank49! I still have one more small drawer for my cut-off wheels and grinding discs on the shelf above, but everything else fit into the carousel! I prefer to keep them separate, due to their being somewhat fragile. The parts tray was designed with 1/4” plywood, which I had to miter for each angle and then glued and brad nailed each piece as I went. Then I went back with some dry-dex and filled the cracks and plywood voids before painting. There are a few odd spots, but I think it turned ok and it’s extremely sturdy!!

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 02:30 AM

Those carousels look awesome Wolf. Great idea. I have a 150 pc set of drill bits in a big clunky plastic case my wife gave me for Xmas several years ago. One of these carousels would be perfect.

I am really happy you got the new bandsaw. It should serve you well for many years and many projects. Its like going from a Yugo to a Cadillac compared to your old one. I don’t see a dust hose hooke up yet though? Hehe.

That was definatley a good surprise.


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#6 posted 01-20-2012 08:11 AM

This is a great idea. Everything in sight with one look… better than digging around in several boxes.

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