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lilredweldingrod

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11-06-2010 12:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw disabled modification upgrade wheelchair

After looking at my bandsaw for two years, I finally decided to make it fit my new stature in the wheelchair. I’m sorry that I did not know about LJ at the time so no pictures were taken.
This first picture shows how much I lowered the working table. The original height was 42 inches, and since I am now just over 48 inches in the wheelchair, the only thing I could cut was probably my nose.
I had started to build a cabinet for the table saw, so the old table saw stand was up for grabs. I removed the cast iron section from the original base and reused the motor and motor mount for the new set up.
I cut the legs to give me about 28 inches of height at the table. The tape measure gives you an idea of the amount that is possible to lower any band saw.

This felt comfortable to me so here is the cut off legs under the bandsaw. I also changed out the switch for a new paddle switch from MLCS.

The paint job was well weathered from years of setting in the open(not me). I tore it down and checked everything. I was amazed that other than a little surface rust the bearings and guides were in very good shape. I re-greased and re-assembled the unit and gave it a try. With a 1/4” blade, it worked perfectly.
I repainted it and bought another Shop Fox mobile base and set it up as it is today.
Then while making a redwood screen door, I tried using scrap cedar milled to the dimensions of the redwood. The motor bogged down and came to a complete stop three times while cutting 5 inches into the cedar. Since I had a 110/220v 2 hp motor that turned 1750 rpm’s, I swapped out the motors. What a difference.This is just one of several things I have done to accommodate my shop to my needs.

The next thing is to figure out a dust control system for this saw.
I hope this is a help to any one confined in a wheelchair. The whole point for woodworking is to enjoy it to the max. And uncomfortable tools prevent that.


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Bob #2

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 12:24 AM

Nice mod Rand. Nobody knows what you do about this kind of an upgrade.

Tray to get a Highland Hardware “woodslicer’ on that machine and you will see a huge performance boost.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 12:25 AM

Rand,

You did a wonderful job on that Band Saw redesign!

Looks really cool and easy to get to…

Good for you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 12:35 AM

does that mean you only make halfsiced projects after that…..LOL
just kidden you
thanks for sharing it Rand its always great to have pictures to show
what is writen

take care
and have a great weekend
Dennis

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lilredweldingrod

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 12:36 AM

Bob#2, What in the cat hair is a wood slicer? I looked it op. Learned something today. I will do this.

Dennis, thanks and you have a great weekend as well.

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 12:36 AM

Looks like a professional job Rand. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 12:44 AM

Rand , go over here and check out this line of blades. You wont be disappointed, I guarantee!
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer12resawbandsawblades138to166.aspx

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 12:48 AM

Rand,

+1 on the Wood Slicer. Amazing blade. Resaws like nobody’s business.

Isn’t that a 14 inch band saw ? Seems you’d have to lean DOWN to reach it ;-)

Nice job on getting those key words in there, too :-)

Love the paddle switch, too, by the way. I put it on my list as a “must have” for all my big tools.

-- -- Neil

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lilredweldingrod

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#8 posted 11-06-2010 12:57 AM

Neil,Yes it is. It is a Rockwell 14 inch model 28-200. My primary care doctor now has it on steroids. lol And I will be getting a 1’2” woodslicer.
If you have a band saw, take a kitchen chair and set down in front of the band saw and you will get an idea of why I needed to lower it.

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#9 posted 11-06-2010 01:01 AM

Nah. I understood. It was just humor between disabled guys. You know: if it’s a 14 inch saw, then … aren’t YOU already HIGHER than IT is :-)

I actually do think about that stuff, all the time, in my shop.

One thing I really think about is these guys

I was wondering, though: if you had the space, would a ramp to an elevated platform put YOU at a better height, relative to ALL your machines, and be easier than cutting them down, one by one ??

Space would be tough, but … if you’ve got it … Patron could whip up the structure in about 2hrs ;-)

-- -- Neil

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lilredweldingrod

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#10 posted 11-06-2010 01:58 AM

In my opinion, ramps are just the lesser of two evils. To get into the house is one thing, but to try to run up and down ramps all day is a killer for me. Both shoulders are separated and the back is shot. The ramps and the exertion to go up and down shorten my time in the shop by a factor of 5:1.
Lowering the machine and having it on a mobile base has been the answer for my disability.
Until you brought it up I’ve really never given it this much thought. lol I hate the ramps and so I never went there. I still can’t think of any way that they can play a part in my shop.I need to move my equipment out to the drive due to the restricted area in my shop.

I do a lot of my cutting and milling on the driveway. Especially with the long stuff. My solution is not going to be the solution for everyone else in a Wheelchair. But at least I hope to give them a starting point.

In your situation, you should get in touch with Template Tom, or Tom O’Donnell in Perth AU. He is teaching totally blind people to use the router safely. This may open the way for you to spend less stressful time in the shop and give you more shop time with out the current effects you have to endure.

This is one time we need more chefs making the soup. But do not stop suggesting ideas here. Maybe it won’t fit me , but maybe it will fit others reading our conversation. The more ideas the better. RAnd

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#11 posted 11-06-2010 03:33 AM

Rand, you sure have a nice setup for your shop!

I like it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lilredweldingrod

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#12 posted 11-06-2010 03:40 AM

Thank you Joe. Come by anytime. Rand

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 11-06-2010 06:20 AM

Hey Rand,

When the time is good, I’ll let you know & I’ll be there!

I just don’t know when it will be… right now…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#14 posted 11-06-2010 11:58 AM

Rand you and think alike I did the same thing but I did built a wood box to set the band saw on

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 11-06-2010 12:55 PM

Great stuff Rand,

It also shows that you need to think of more than just the height. Yours is a great machine to drop, I may have a look around for similar here in the UK.
My main band saw cant be lowered. It is a big lug of a thing

http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axminster-plus-ap4300t-1-bandsaw-prod780613/#bottomsection

It suits me oddly enough, but I use a platform for students or a wee table mounted bandsaw.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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