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I recently got a portable band saw for cutting metal.

In order to get the full potential out of it, I built a metal stand so I can use it like a traditional vertical bandsaw.

My stand is essentially a metal version of this wooden one made by Honus, coincidentally made to use with the same model of saw (DeWalt DWM120 Portable Band Saw).

If you're looking to make a metal stand for your portable bandsaw, hopefully this will help you out. It's a great project to practice some welding as well as a bit of precision metalwork. Thanks for checking this out.

Step 1: Remove Saw Handle

To begin, the top handle of the saw is removed. The plastic inserts are left in place as shown in the 2nd photo.

The handle mount is 3 3/16" across -- keep that in mind.

Worked great! Made a couple spacers the width of the handle to hold it spaced right while welding. Added a foot switch. Used it every day since we finished it last week. Thanks for the instructable!
<p>Excellent! Glad you found my instructable useful. Thanks for the comment and photo : ) </p>
<p>Thanks for a truly great idea! I am so making one of these for my next project.</p><p>Thanks again!</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment, glad you liked this! </p>
<p>Looks great!</p>
Can you get narrow blades for curved cuts?
<p>I'm not sure. These are generally intended for straight cuts, but using it upright with a table like this allows the user to cut smaller things precisely.</p><p>It would be interesting to try to cut down one of the blades to make it narrower though! </p>
Simpler to weld a narrow blade to the right length
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<p>Made one, after see this I looked up my portaband and found even more ideas so this is based of a few other things I found, but our's was the one that got me started. Thanks!</p>
<p>A suggestion. Use one of the Harbor Freight foot switches to activate your saw. They sell two styles; one a momentary contact that activates the circuit as long as your foot presses down on the pad and the other a on/off version that turns power on when you step on it and power off when you step on it again. Just a thought. Nice project by the way. I never thought about getting one of the portable saws but I have now changed my mind. </p>
A really good idea for the foot paddle.
<p>Great idea. Someone else suggested repurposing a sewing machine foot switch, so if that option weren't available, it's good to know that HF sells these.</p>
<p>Excellent article and presentation. However, I built my stand out of plywood and designed the cradle to hold the saw without dissembling anything. My saw is held in place (Very securely, it's totally rigid.) with a simple tarp strap. The only metal add-on was the table, similar to yours but clamped to the original with a bottom cleat, bolts and wingnuts. I can use the saw independently like originally intended or stationary table top tool. Setup and take down is less than a minute each way. For anyone with a small shop, this saw has greatly increased the crafting and output of my blacksmith shop.</p>
<p>Sounds like a great design and setup. Can you post pics?</p>
<p>I bet an old sewing machine foot switch would work, for those who want to re-purpose/recycle something...</p>
<p>Great idea.</p>
<p>What a great way to repurpose a tool! My local craigslist always has portable band saws for cheap, so this would be a fairly inexpensive way to get a small benchtop band saw.</p>
<p>I have not made it yet but I intend to, I cannot help wondering why you did not use channel rather than angle for the upright to save on time welding. all in all good presentation and an inspiring instructable.</p>
<p>Thanks. Using channel is a good option if you find the needed size. I did it this way to just simplify my material purchase.</p>
<p>Nice. Is that a tiltable feed plate? I would definitely want a front mounted kill switch in there.</p>
<p>Thanks. No, the table does not tilt.</p>
<p>Good job! Placed favorites. </p>
<p>Very good, love how you have the pic's and every little detail.</p>
Nicely done ?
<p>put a swivel on the desk to cut in angle would be great. tks for sahring</p>
Simple and effective! Nice work!
<p>That is awesome! thanks</p>

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