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Forum topic by jonlruss posted 02-03-2016 10:23 PM 443 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jonlruss

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02-03-2016 10:23 PM

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I recently got an older Craftsman 14” band saw. The way it’s currently set up, the motor mounts to the base behind the saw. In the interests of saving space I was thinking of building a slightly narrower base that would have the motor mounted underneath the saw. Any concerns with doing it that way I should consider?

This is the saw on the stand as it is now.


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#1 posted 02-03-2016 10:28 PM

Any concerns with doing it that way I should consider?
- jonlruss

No… many saws came that way. Might need a different sized belt and different belt guard though.

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Brad

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 10:57 PM

Whatever you do, make sure the base isn’t TOO narrow, or the saw may become unstable, or even fall over. If i were you, I would build it out of really thick material, maybe even two layers of 3/4 inch ply. The added weight will lower the saw’s center of gravity, make it more stable, and dampen vibration. You could make a closed cabinet with hinged doors on both sides. As for mounting the motor, you could simplify things by mounting the motor on the new base just like it is now, but skooched a few inches closer to the saw’s frame, and save the space underneath for storage. Building a custom base also lets you play around with the table height to make it more comfortable.

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 11:12 PM

Looking at the photo I would naively think that you could just move the motor closer to the spine and cut the back part of the base. However the space saving with either this method or the one you envisioned is very minimal. I would rather spent time building a rocker chair with the saw.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 12:01 AM



Looking at the photo I would naively think that you could just move the motor closer to the spine and cut the back part of the base. However the space saving with either this method or the one you envisioned is very minimal. I would rather spent time building a rocker chair with the saw.

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It might not seem like alot, but reducing the footprint by even a couple of inches on each side can make a big difference when it comes to tools, especially when you have to squeeze alot into a small space.

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