06-05-2013, 07:03 PM #1
Diy upright mini metal cutting band saw.
Like most of you I am a hobbiest which means that I do not have access to some of the tools required to make certain parts for my ski. One of these was a metal cutting vertical band saw. I had seen a few attachments from swag offroad that serve this exact purpose but I knew I could put something together out of stuff in my garage and a bit of thinking.
I started with a basic Chicago electric portable band saw or porta band. The saw can be had for 60-80 dollars and does a decent job of cutting metal in standard form but does not have a stand or a table so doing intricate cuts on metal is dangerous and would be very difficult. I started by de-portable-izing my band saw with some 1*2 and 1*1 square tubing. The saw comes with a handle which is held on by 2 10-32 bolts, when removed this offers a good attachment point. You will need to cut a small box out of whatever you use to make your stand out of due to a raised portion on the rear.
Once you have your stand built you have the choice of straightening the blade out or leaving it with the standard 45 degree twist. I straightened mine out to gain a little more clearance behind the blade. In the process you lose some left to right space but have infinite rip length now. In the end I will need to plan my cuts out better but for small stuff its great. To straighten the blade out I took the stock bearings and attached them to a piece of 3/8 aluminum using the factory hardware.
I took the standard band bottom guide and drilled 3 hole in it and threaded them to 10-32. I then cut a 10*12 table put of some mild steel plate .120 thick which I then cut a groove in for the blade and drilled holes to attach the table to the saw.
06-05-2013, 07:08 PM #2
Pretty cool setup! Might have to put this on my list.
06-05-2013, 11:29 PM #3
Here are some more detailed pictures of the upper bearing block.
06-06-2013, 06:01 AM #4
06-10-2013, 11:03 AM #5
Just a short 24mm wrench I cut out to be able to loosen or tighten the steering cable nut on a seadoo. I love having the ability to cut metal again. I need to get a mini mill now.
07-24-2013, 06:58 AM #6
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Looking good man! I have one of the Swag Offroad stands. Its makes cutting so much easier! I also got a foot operated switch from harbor freight so I don't need to keep one hand on the trigger.
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