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evintho 03-25-2012 01:39 AM

Homemade portable bandsaw conversion
 
Found a cheap way to make a stationary bandsaw for cutting plates for brackets and such. Items required are a stick of 1" square tubing and a $2 garage sale 3-1/2" vise.

$2 vise.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240001.jpg

Fabbed up a base.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3210003.jpg

Made a support bar.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3210004.jpg

Mounted the vise.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3210006.jpg

Built the table structure.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240005.jpg

Table top scrounged from dumpster at work. 1/8" steel.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240007.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240008.jpg

Mounted the table top.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240011.jpg

Chucked my 6230 in the vise and wahlah...........instant stationary bandsaw!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240016.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240019.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240015.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...2/P3240018.jpg

Now, it's not my idea. Gotta give credit to SWAG Offroad for coming up with the original.
http://www.swagoffroad.com/Portaband_V_THREE.html

Nice piece they have but I built basically the same thing in a weekend and saved $100. I'm just cheap that way! Mine is solid and works really well. The vise just holds it in position. All the weight is on the support bar. I gotta do a little finish welding and make some aluminum jaws for the vise so I don't screw up the bandsaw handle too much. I suppose I could clean everything up, paint it and make it look all purdy and such but I've got a roadster frame to build. Purdy's just gonna have to wait!

nine4gmc 03-25-2012 01:39 PM

killer job, i have seen them bolt in but the vise is a good idea!

EddieK 03-28-2012 08:01 AM

Guard?
 
Uummm, a little guard around that exposed blade would be a good investment! It only takes a nanosecond to cause enough damage to postpone your next project indefinitely.

biggsteve 03-28-2012 09:49 AM

another cheap idea
 
also....in your yard sale trips, pick up an old electric sewing machine foot pedal. they work like a dimmer switch, but foot operated. great for any power tool. drill press. band saw. etc. plus, keeps your hands free.

bullheimer 07-07-2012 12:19 PM

whens the last time you actually saw any foot pedal sewing machines at a garage sale steve=o?

i was thinkin that instead of building that, the same amount of work could produce a t-bucket frame! but who needs one o those? but then, this would be great to have if you actually did build a frame.

evintho 07-08-2012 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bullheimer (Post 1571635)
i was thinkin that instead of building that, the same amount of work could produce a t-bucket frame! but who needs one o those? but then, this would be great to have if you actually did build a frame.

Yeah, well..................that's exactly what I did. :spank:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...m/P7080031.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...P4130012-1.jpg

graydog 08-18-2012 08:44 PM

Bandsaw conversion
 
WOW.....great project. Great job.

Grease_Fever 08-18-2012 10:30 PM

Awesome! Love this kind of ingenuity!

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barrnone50 02-21-2013 06:07 AM

Very Nice job on the band saw! How big of material can you cut,between the blade and the main body of the saw? Band saw is the only way to go with fabing parts,my buddy has a very nice jet saw,but$$$,yours might just fit the bill. Thanks for sharing! :thumbup:

graydog 02-21-2013 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bullheimer (Post 1571635)
whens the last time you actually saw any foot pedal sewing machines at a garage sale steve=o?

He didn't say "machine".....only the pedal.
You can buy a new one on Amazon for $15 here:

timothale 02-21-2013 03:29 PM

Band saw stand.
 
I didn't use as much tube -angle iron for mine. No pict . I found that clamping in a vise on the bottom by the trigger will cause it to stick later on, I use a 1 inch wide squeezer spring clamp to hold the trigger on, bent to fit I have an upright tube up the back side and another bracket that clamps it near the top handle. the bottom just rests in a curved piece that matches the shape

evintho 02-21-2013 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by barrnone50 (Post 1648791)
Very Nice job on the band saw! How big of material can you cut,between the blade and the main body of the saw? Band saw is the only way to go with fabing parts,my buddy has a very nice jet saw,but$$$,yours might just fit the bill. Thanks for sharing! :thumbup:

The saw has a 4" deep throat. Many times I've flipped a piece around and was able to cut 8".

machinee 02-26-2013 04:29 PM

That's really cool! How does your homemade band saw work? Tried making projects using it?

evintho 02-26-2013 10:48 PM

It works great! It just sits on the floor in a corner and when I need it I slide it out and plug it in. I cut every piece of steel on my roadster frame with it along with a zillion brackets. I'm gonna use it tomorrow when I cut some 1/4" plate to make an adapter for my pedal assembly/master cylinder. I love this thing!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...m/P9090003.jpg


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