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Project by DragonLady posted 11-28-2010 01:33 AM 8036 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this a little bit ago, for my bandsaw. Made using the free plans from Woodsmith. Was a quick, easy project.

The only problem I came across was that I do not have a 1 1/4” forstner bit for the handle, so I used a 1” spade bit to hog out the main hole, and then a 1 1/4” hole saw to enlarge it. Worked pretty well. The handle was a little sloppy, but putting the big hook through it took care of it, and I also put some glue in there, just to take up space.

It’s fun to drive when empty, and even more fun when my 250 lb boyfriend hops on and lets me take him for a test drive :)

Now…to get the saw ONTO the base! That’s a project for tomorrow, with the chain hoist and the steel I-beam in the basement :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 03:14 AM

Dontcha love it when you can use chain hoists, hooks, straps, and I-beams to move heavy stuff around. Makes one feel much more powerful. Until, of course, the load starts to shift. Then, one starts to question the sanity of attempting such a move . . . or looks for a safe place to hide until the pieces stop flying around the room attempting to do grave harm to anything they can find in their collective path. Ah well, something has to keep us in line – even if it’s gravity.

I was planning on making some of these for my equipment but lucked into a few salvaged 19” racks. One is the base for the bandsaw; the other is the base for the jointer.

Good luck with it. Post an after pic; I’m curious.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 03:17 AM

I’ll let you know how it goes, unless it falls on me :)

When you are a 5 ft 3 in fat lady getting older every day, you start being thankful for such a thing as mechanical advantage!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 05:19 AM

I like this mobile cart, don’t know how I missed it in Woodsmith. Thanks for bringing it our attention!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 05:25 AM

clever to copy the handle from the iron world :-)

just remember to release the handle from your hand if you think your load
is starting to think itself witch way it want :-) ....always work with palletsfraight…nearly
only went wrong a few times when it was a highload and it had toooo much speed
and brought to stop the hard way :-)

this is one I will remember thankĀ“s for sharing it D. Lady

take care and good luck

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 09:06 PM

Here’s the saw on the base-

Very easy for me to hook up and roll it around, with only one arm! Short video of me moving it, camera in one hand, rolling it around with the other :)

The only change I would make is to allow for 1/4” clearance in the dimensions instead of 1/8”. I had to give the legs a couple whacks with a mallet to make them slide in.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 03:33 AM

good job

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 06:36 PM

nice work, looks simple and effective

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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