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Old 12-18-2009, 12:37 AM
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Default Folding bandsaw frame revisited

In 2004 I picked up a used HF bandsaw for $75 for my garage shop. It was in pretty good shape, just needed a new blade and a clean up. Of course the folded sheet metal "legs" or "stand" or whatever they call it was pretty sad. I stitched up a set of 1" box tubing legs with a couple of rollers and a cord wrap and have been using it ever since.

It was all fine and good till I saw rmack's folding frame http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=17007; that's when the saw envy set in... It took me a year or so to come up with the time to do a copy job, but I finally did. I give it a B- for execution and a D for originality, but it was fun to spend a few hours burning and grinning. I'm a desk jockey for 60 hours/week so any chance I get to spark it up is a blessing...

Thanks for the inspiration rmack!

1. Ole' Green on the first set of legs
2. Frame for under Ole' Green with mounting tabs
3. Main Frame stitched up
4. Pivot tabs
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:44 AM
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You guys probably start with a nice measured shop drawing, and read it twice and cut once, but my attention span is too short for that. Of course with my short focus and limited time in the shop, I end up reworking and editing as I go. The first of the “edits” presented itself when I welded the front leg on the wrong side of the main frame. Hello angle grinder! That earned a grin and was easy to fix.

The next opportunity to re-do the do appeared when I decided the overall stand was going to be too tall. I guessed (no I did not measure!@) that I should take about 4” of the main frame. Cut-cut the uprights, shorten the base accordingly and re-stitch. Perfect! Maybe not… I should have measured. Now the handle on the saw arm hits the front leg when swung down… Edit #2; re-drill the pivot hole on the under-saw frame… I LOVE it when a plan comes together!

1. Main Frame with 3rd leg (pre-edit)
2. Ole' green is (dare I say) hung!
3. Edited pivot hole in under-saw frame
4. Another view, post-edits
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:06 AM
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A little (brief) noodleing on how to pivot up the legs yielded a pair of tabs on the under-saw frame and a 1”x2” starting point for the front folding legs. Add a couple of stick legs with a cross brace and Ole Green is looking GOOD!

It took me a couple of shots to the diagonal brace to work but I did and it holds the legs out nicely. Opportunity for edit #3 coming up! As I built the diagonal brace I thought that the arms should be nearly the same length. Got that part right… Unfortunately, the mounting tabs hit each other when Ole’ Green is folded up so it isn’t as compact as it should be. Not a huge deal, but an opportunity to tune it up when I can get back out there…

As it happens, I ran out of wire and gas in the welder just as I stitched in the last tab for the brace. MUST BE TIME TO HAVE A TEA PARTY WITH MY TRUSTY SHOP HELPER PRINCESS SUNSHINE! NOW THAT'S GOOD LIVIN'!!

1. Legs coming together
2. Ole' Green standing tall!
3. Ready to roll up against the wall
4. Desk jockey and Princess Sunshine ready for tea!
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:18 AM
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That's a good looking saw stand. Will it be blessed with paint? Rework seems to be part of a lot of projects, keeps you thinking. Nice job now enjoy the tea party.

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Old 12-18-2009, 01:21 AM
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Nice, I like the folding feature.......is this another project to add to the wish list?........most likely
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:26 AM
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Very nice idea. That thing folds to a very tiny footprint. It still may be a tad nose heavy once your trying to drop it to the down or bring it up from the stored position and could have a needed use of an over head hoist in the shop for those of us with back trouble or physical limitations. But it does obviously work.

Really nice work.

How did the 'tea party' turn out?
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:33 AM
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That's a neat idea!

Good execution too.

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Old 12-18-2009, 04:40 AM
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Nice job on the stand,discription and the pictures (both you & rmack) Although rmack's got you beat on color What's that 'electric blue' ? LOL

I've been wondering what to do with those THREE fancy SS casters that have been kickin' around the shop....always figured I'd find the fourth one that matched them (but haven't).

I was cussin' my saws flimsy legs just last week as I pinched my fingers fighting to drag the rubber legged contraption that barely rolls on lousy wheels, out of the corner of the shop.

I like the taller height of the 'new' stands.... bending over to fiddle with a 2' tall saw is nuts.
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Good job!
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:53 AM
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That looks really good, Steve.

Now, what's this thing about a "measured shop drawing"?
I've been sitting here trying to think if I've ever tried to build anything from a set of plans or even a homemade sketch that I actually followed without changing it.
Don't think so.
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