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Forum topic by vicco72 posted 02-05-2013 08:51 AM 1295 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2013 08:51 AM

Hello everyone! This is my first post but I’m a long time reader.
I own a 9” ryoby bandsaw, wich only has a 3” heigth limit- I would like to make a bandsaw jewerly box but I’m limited to make it 3” tall :(
I was thinking in cutting the vertical arm, extend it a few inches to accept the next size blade (63 1/2) and then re-inforce the arm with a steel bracket and a gusset.
Am I thinking wild? What would you suggest me to do ?
I’m cash limited, so my only options for a while are to modify my saw, or maybe make the box in two or three sections
Any ideas will be truly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 11:35 AM

Keep your eye on Craigslist. I think you would spend more on the modification than you would on a used saw.

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 11:51 AM

I hear you, had bought from CL before and found great deals there,
I’m retired in Mexico and the tools used nor new are four to five times what they are in the Sates.
There is a bolt in the slide (heigth slide) that can be swapped fairly easy and gain 0.5 inches but still not enough :)

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 03:06 PM

9” saws really limit you for the type of stuff you wanna do. Read this review I found in google.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 04:36 PM

@ surfside that was a very good article, I will keep mi 9” as it is, and wait till next year and get me a 12 or14 inch
Bandsaw. Cheers from Mexico.

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 04:49 PM

You could cut the saw. It would work but you’d create
an issue with the upper guide arm because you would
no longer be able to set the guides close to the table
for thin work.

Of course you could use the wheels and other parts
to build your own band saw with a wooden frame.

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 07:50 PM

@Loren- there are many HM setups really neat, I will keep the 9” as is for now, guess the box I wanted to make is going to be on the to do list,till I get a bigger saw :)
Thank you.

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 08:54 PM

I think it will power out on anything thicker than 3”, you might find it a waste of time and effort. I think selling it and upgrading to a “real” bandsaw would yield the most satisfactory solution.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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