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Project by Bluenote38 posted 11-03-2017 01:26 PM 3854 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up and have been using a Harbor Freight Portable Bandsaw. Great piece of equipment. Decided that for some tasks moving the work piece is easier than horsing around the saw. Made a small fixture from scrap in about 20 minutes. I’m really happy with how it turned out and how effective it is. It’s small, light weight, easy to store, and easy to set up, only one clamp. I just need to make a replacement table. Im thinking a 1/4” x 8” diameter A36 steel plate. Maybe next week.

-- Bill - Rochester MI





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 11-04-2017 10:26 AM

Been tossing up buying oneodoze (bandsaw)!

You have re-kindled my desire!

PS. Love my Bauer… but mine are ice skates!.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Bluenote38

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 02:29 PM


Been tossing up buying oneodoze (bandsaw)!

You have re-kindled my desire!

PS. Love my Bauer… but mine are ice skates!.

- LittleBlackDuck

Lol…. Mine are CCMs

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Nbeene

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#3 posted 11-06-2017 10:51 PM

I am going to have to build this. I made a table for mine but I have been just putting it in a bench vise.

-- Once you have fallen into the water, you’re not scared of water any more.

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Bluenote38

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#4 posted 11-06-2017 10:57 PM


I am going to have to build this. I made a table for mine but I have been just putting it in a bench vise.

- Nbeene

I def need a table like that! Is it 1/4”? or 3/16” and how did you secure it? Screws?

Thanks

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Nbeene

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#5 posted 11-07-2017 02:13 AM

It’s 3/16 and that’s plenty strong for what I use it for. I drilled and countersunk the screw holes and just screwed it in the 2 holes. I have cut up to 3/8 steel on it and did not notice the table flexing at all.

-- Once you have fallen into the water, you’re not scared of water any more.

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mbg

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#6 posted 05-25-2018 02:00 PM

Bill – I just purchase one of these saws. I like the simplicity of your stand design. Can you share where you bought the double hook?

Thanks

Mike

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Bluenote38

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#7 posted 05-25-2018 04:46 PM


Bill – I just purchase one of these saws. I like the simplicity of your stand design. Can you share where you bought the double hook?

Thanks

Mike

- mbg

Hi Mike,
It’s a double hook by Tornado 3” I think. I found it at Home Depot but I’m sure Lowe’s has something like it. I liked the vinyl covers that protect the bandsaw handle.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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mbg

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#8 posted 07-31-2018 06:39 PM

Bill – finally got around to making one of these stands. Mine is a little different due to my stock on hand and vice design. Ends up a quick-grip clamp works well as on/off switch. I’m going to maybe add a french cleat to it so I can store it and maybe us it against a wall. Need to add a table to mine too:

Thanks for your help,

Mike

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Bluenote38

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#9 posted 07-31-2018 06:50 PM

Sweet!! Looks better than mine. The curves look good and I’m going to steal the quick clamp idea. I just have a wood block jammed in between.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 07-31-2018 11:46 PM


..... I m going to steal the quick clamp idea. I just have a wood block jammed in between.
- Bluenote38
mbg and B’38, I came up with this setup. It was sheer luck that it worked first time, but the tension on the spring was just enough that it would hold the trigger lever in place when pulled down and not too strong to pull it down when pushed up…

I had to come up with a different way to engage the trigger as my design did not give me ready access.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Bluenote38

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#11 posted 08-04-2018 02:31 AM

So, FINALLY finished this project. I’ve got the table finished and on but it is just a slight bit off so I need to shim it.

Somewhere I heard that Swiss/Needle files are the Sand paper of metal working…

The Table is 8” Diameter x 3/16” A36 Steel

I may still put a polish on it

Thanks to all the LJ’ers and their ideas that made this project possible.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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mbg

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#12 posted 08-04-2018 03:00 AM

Bill – table looks nice. I bought a 10” x 12” 3/16” plate few days ago for this and was just looking at mine and the saw on the stand sits nice and balanced on my secondary workbench. I think it may need a kickstand or some kind of support so it doesn’t fall over with the table.

I was going to make a rectangular table but may borrow the circular idea to make it lighter.

Mike

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Bluenote38

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#13 posted 08-21-2018 05:14 PM



Bill – table looks nice. I bought a 10” x 12” 3/16” plate few days ago for this and was just looking at mine and the saw on the stand sits nice and balanced on my secondary workbench. I think it may need a kickstand or some kind of support so it doesn’t fall over with the table.

I was going to make a rectangular table but may borrow the circular idea to make it lighter.

Mike

- mbg

Sounds good – I chose a circ for weight and that I really won’t have big pieces hanging off the table. Mine does need to be shimmed a bit. IT’s off by about 1/64th over 5 inches. Good enough for most stuff but I want to get it right. I have to swing by Productions Tool (Local Machine Tool Supplier) and pick up a small box of brass shim stock later in the month. And I need to figure out some type of switch hold mechanism like LBD. I just bought a floor foot-switch which is working well.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Bluenote38

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#14 posted 08-21-2018 05:15 PM

Bill – table looks nice. I bought a 10” x 12” 3/16” plate few days ago for this and was just looking at mine and the saw on the stand sits nice and balanced on my secondary workbench. I think it may need a kickstand or some kind of support so it doesn t fall over with the table.

I was going to make a rectangular table but may borrow the circular idea to make it lighter. AND… I really like and think I’ll implement the cutaways you have too.

Mike

- mbg

Sounds good – I chose a circ for weight and that I really won t have big pieces hanging off the table. Mine does need to be shimmed a bit. IT s off by about 1/64th over 5 inches. Good enough for most stuff but I want to get it right. I have to swing by Productions Tool (Local Machine Tool Supplier) and pick up a small box of brass shim stock later in the month. And I need to figure out some type of switch hold mechanism like LBD. I just bought a floor foot-switch which is working well.

- Bluenote38

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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