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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 10-31-2011 02:42 AM 1609 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am so glad I optioned to build a custom mobile base for my Grizz G0555P, it has allowed me to do things I would not have been able to do with the standard metal base that comes with it, First it allowed me move the saw where needed, second it allowed me to add an out feed table and third by doing so I was able to add a light as well.

I took a typical desk lamp that had a flexible rod and stripped it from it’s desk housing using a dremel tool with a cutting wheel.

I then off the back corner of the out feed table I drilled a hole then using a hex head 1/4” wood screw, I then drilled up through and attached a small 2×4 block, next I added a 3/4×3” x 5” piece of ply to act as a swing arm, using a single wood screw I attached the ply to the block, this allowed me to move the light in positions out of the shadows where I need it, thus when doing re-saw I can just swing the light clear out of the way.

These pics shows the light positioned under the top wheel housing and in front of the cutting blade so as to be out of the shadows you can see what you are cutting clearly.

Here it shows the light swung out of the way towards the back of the table.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs



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RussInMichigan

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 03:05 AM

Nice blog, Blackie.

Is that a 4” dust collection port on your band saw? I’ve got a Ridgid 14” and I need to devise some dust collection for it. It’s got a 2 1/4” port under the table, but it might as well not be there for all the good it does.

Thanks for the blog.

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 04:32 AM

Thanks and yes it’s a 4”

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 02:29 PM

Hey Blackie!
I see you made me a buddy.
I just got my new Grizz G0555P a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to try my hand at making a band saw box. I banged two out so far and hope to make a few more. I took a look at all your boxes and they look great.
I see you have the riser kit on your saw. I like your set up. I can’t believe the saw didn’t come with a light or wheel brushes. I added a tooth brush to the lower wheel. I may do the say for the upper one too. Someday I’ll buy the kit for my saw but only after I pay off a few bill’s.
I retired at age 54, that was 11 years ago. I put 30 years in at GM/Saturn. I also feel very lucky to be retired in this day and age!
Happy wood working! I’ll be watching for your nest project!
Tony C

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 03:12 PM

Hi Tony

Glad to have you as a bud, if you haven’t already, take a look at the mobile base I constructed for the bandsaw this allowed for an outfeed table, with the riser it gives a total of 12” clearance from the top gides to the table top thus I am able to make my own boards by making the bandsaw a sawmill, I’ve already saved boo-coos of $$ on wood by cutting them myself with a chainsaw then running them through my bandsaw so yes get the riser it is well worth it and will save you money in the long run.

Another thing I use and you might want to invest in as soon as you can is the Carter Bandsaw stabilizer with this you will no longer need your upper or lower guides at all when cutting with 1/4” and down sized blades, see the video as well.
http://www.carterproducts.com/product.asp?productid=36&catid=14

Myself I’ve been retired now 2 years I was lucky enough to retire at the early age of 50 after 25 years of service with the city of Austin, If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Randy

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 05:58 AM

Randy ,
I checked out the video on that guide. I better save my penny’s. I want that and the riser kit. I have spent a ton of money during the Christmas holiday’s. I got a new Lenovo T420 Thinkpad, New Grizzly band saw and a new leather easy chair. I was told by the boss to STOP RIGHT THERE!! until all the bills are paid up. But I now have something to look forward to. Thanks for showing me that guide video, it looks like a winner!

Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 01:43 AM

Tony, I bought the Carter Stabilizer for my 17” Grizz and felt like I got ripped off on the “adapter” for an extra $60. If they try to sell you an adapter, see if you can’t make one for next to nothing. That said, I do love my Stabilizer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 02:28 AM

Thanks for the tip gfadvm! I always try to make my own parts if I can.
I just posted a light I added to my saw. Check it out here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/61007

Blackie… I see you made a comment on my light! Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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