Introduction: Homemade Portable Bandsaw Stand - Cut Off & Vertical

In this video I built an aluminium stand to attach a portable bandsaw too, which can be used in conjunction with a vice as a cut off saw or raised into an upright vertical position to be used as a typical bandsaw, and when necessary removed to be use freehand. 

I got my hands on this bit of kit for £50 and it's as rough as they come.  It sounds quite coarse but will save me having to cut large stock by hand.  The aluminium all together cost be about £25 whilst I had all the fixings and scrap sheet of ply. 

Initially I wanted to be able to cut various angle from the top but realised to do this, the chopping tilt had to be above the blade rotation.  I made it the other way which means the only adjustment I can make is to at 90 degree cut.  As it is now, any rotation to the left or right would mean the edge of the blade would make contact with the material to be cut instead of the teeth.  I don't plan to make any compound mitre cuts, so will focus on true square cut.  And in any case I could always rotate the vice.

For now I used a cross vice which I clamped down to hold a piece of mild steel box tubing when testing the cut.  It seems quite accurate but I am hoping to build a vice.  I will also make a larger detachable bed for the upright position, a means of clamping the saw while upright and maybe a spring to slow the drop while using it as a cut off saw.


dnaughton1 (author)2014-12-19

Excellent filming with the time lapse. Makes one feel as though nothing was missed without watching an extended movie. I truly admire your gumption. Just makes you want to tear away from the computer screen and go make something. Inspirational! Thanks!

Kobudoka (author)2014-02-04

Do you know an U-shaped steel profile??

billandritsch (author)2013-12-14

Great job, I really enjoy seeing young people building fab skills, it will serve you your whole life. Try rubbing a stick of chalk across your files when using them with non-ferrous materials, it will keep the material from clogging up the file. Alumi-tap and Rapid-tap are two good lubes to keep on hand. Keep up the good work!

astral_mage (author)2013-12-14

dude u need to using the full length of the blade. or other wise you'll develop a bare or smooth spot.

astral_mage (author)astral_mage2013-12-14

where yr lube oil at. itill keep the drill bit sharper longer.

astral_mage (author)astral_mage2013-12-14

wat no 1 gas taught u to use proper safety gear at all. com on man

Baronrc (author)2013-08-10

this is very well done, your work is tidy and well executed. I recon the main weakness here will be rigidity where the saw is mounted to the base and that can cause frustration down the line. I noticed you fastened them together with tapped holes into the saw's body. I couldn't see how thick the material was there so I can't estimate how strong that point will be, hope it doesn't break. That aside I want to commend you on your workmanship. Enjoy the new tool :)

fretted (author)2013-07-25

Awesome "ible great for beginners to sharpen skills with !

excellent video and construction

bongodrummer (author)2013-07-02

Very interesting. Nice vid. I like the way you used hand tools to make it, some of which you can have a rest from now it's done :)
Do you know what speed the blade goes or can you adjust? I'm sure you know this already, but often those portable ones are designed primarily for wood, which is way way too fast for steel - the blade will dull very quick if used for steel at that speed. If you cant adjust it a speed control should be a fairly easy project.

Thanks for the comment! Yes it does have a variable speed control although it isn't great. The speed adjusts to the setting on the dial when I release my finger when pressing the trigger lock, but I have to press all the way down which makes it sound like it is revving. But the main point is it goes slow enough and while I haven't measured the TPI of the blade they look like 18 TPI.

el greeno (author)2013-07-02

Brilliant idea. Never seen a portable band saw either so very interesting.

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