|Project by dschlic1||posted 09-03-2014 09:32 PM||1853 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
I had been thinking for sometime about acquiring a band saw. Then two weeks ago I agreed to a project which requires a band saw. So I purchased an old Craftsman 12” tilting head saw off of Craigslist. It did not look like it had seen much use, rather suffered from non-use.
My “shop” is a two car garage which has two cars parked in it. So all equipment must be movable and have a storage area. The first thing I made for the saw was a mobile base. You can see a detail in the second photo. Most commercial bases have the wheels or castors mounted outside of the equipment footprint. I simply did not have the space for that. So I did a DIY base copying some designs I found off the Internet. I purchased four castors from Harbor Freight (the smallest model) and used some yellow pine I recovered from a pallet. Works great. I am think of doing the same for my thickness planner.
The second improvement are the hooks or hangers on the sides of the saw. I like to store all of a machines accessories on the machine. Saves space and time.
I could not locate a fence for this particular saw, however I saw a DIY fence on the Internet using a miter gauge. I have an old miter gauge from my table saw which was replaced by an Incra model. The end of table has a channel which is suppose to hold a fence, but which made an excellent place to secure a wood block with a 3/4” slot routed in it. The miter bar fits perfectly in this slot and I have a wood auxiliary fence which makes a good rip/re-saw fence. Still needs some fine tuning but it seems to work.