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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted February 24, 2017 - 04:05 PM

Some time back, I got an old (1979 model) metal cutting band saw. I've got a thread on it somewhere on here. It's a Central Machinery tool, such as HF sells today. I fine tuned it and it has done a fantastic job thus far. I've had a few things come up that I would have liked to use this for the cuts, but had to use the angle grinder instead. Today, I thought 'what the' and proceeded to make a table to use this thing vertically. I have an owners manual for a newer version and looked at how they made theirs. This would be a little more intricate. I had to first figure how to mount it, then work from that. Anyways, I got it going my way without help from mills and lathes. I didn't take pics right off as I wasn't sure I could make it work. But here is what I did take pics of.

This is my first test of how it would align to the saw blade. Very intricate angles here. The bolt for the blade alignment rollers was replaced with a stud. I 'massaged' a piece of 1/2" stock to fit down into the slot to keep it as square as I could.

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As you can see, I have it pretty square to the blade, but just a little off. More 'massaging'! My 'mill' was the angle grinder with a 60 grit flap disc. Took several tries, but I got it better.

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Here's the table material. Plan on a 6" X 6".

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Got that cut out. Drilled a 5/8+" hole for the blade and cut a slot to slide it on.

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Got it closer to plumb. 

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Tomorrow, I'll snoop through the bolt bins at Ace and find some countersunk fasteners for it.


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 05:28 PM

What a great idea!

I have the same basic saw and I will be copying what you did once you have it all figured out.

I was think the other day about looking for a used bandsaw.   Now I hopefully won't have too!


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 05:36 PM

I can give more info if needed, Mark. Took a bit of studying the situation to start on it.


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 05:39 PM

That's a great addition to a band saw.

Enjoy!


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 06:16 PM

Good job, Kenny! Are you able to tilt that table or no?


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 06:19 PM

Good job, Kenny! Are you able to tilt that table or no?

No tilt! Just a straight cut for smaller stuff.



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Posted February 24, 2017 - 08:42 PM

Looks great, Kenny! I always admire your projects.


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 09:52 PM

I can give more info if needed, Mark. Took a bit of studying the situation to start on it.

Thanks!

I will take you up on that when I'm ready to construct mine.


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Posted February 24, 2017 - 10:02 PM

That's going to be handy. That last blade tolerance is finer than a frogs hair. As always I agree your projects are fun to follow.
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Posted February 24, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Kenny,

Here are pictures of my saw.  Mine is a 1978 year made by I.T.S. (International Tool Supply).  To me, it looks like the one you have.

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Posted February 25, 2017 - 06:19 AM

Kenny,

Here are pictures of my saw.  Mine is a 1978 year made by I.T.S. (International Tool Supply).  To me, it looks like the one you have.

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Looks the same. Don't think you've used it for a while. Ace hardware has blades for mine. I use it every chance I get.

 

Edit: I put a small piece of thin angle above the switch. When the cut completes, it shuts off. Had to bend it just right to work.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 08:06 AM

I have a saw just like that.  Don't use the chop saw but once or twice a year since I got the band saw.  I think a bunch of them came from the same place, just different color and label attached.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 08:39 AM

Here's pics from when I got the saw.

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Posted February 25, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Looks the same. Don't think you've used it for a while. Ace hardware has blades for mine. I use it every chance I get.

 

Edit: I put a small piece of thin angle above the switch. When the cut completes, it shuts off. Had to bend it just right to work.

I bought the saw this summer at a yard sale but I never had the time to get it fully operational so it's been sitting ever sense.  My saw has a factory piece of metal that also turns the switch off when the cut is down.  They sure do look the same.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 05:30 PM

I've decided to opt out of the countersunk fasteners. That top plate is only 0.1" thick and would be hard to put those in. I'll drill holes thru and make some studs sticking down. I'll weld them in and grind the area smooth. Should work okay.


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