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I want to build a stand for a portable HF band saw, no welder , any ideas or plans?

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  • #16
    I don't know why some think that something like this can only be constructed by welding. Bolts do work if the design is good. That Unistrut looks good. I also have made a lot of things from the perforated angle sold by McMaster and others.

    They have the corner plates to stiffen the corners. They do a good job of stiffening and strengthening the assemblies.

    I would think that some combination of the above and perhaps standard angle stock would make a nice, bolted together stand. Use some thread locker on the nuts so the vibration does not shake them loose. I would avoid the grade 3 hardware and move up to grade 5 or 8. And DO use washers both under the screw heads and under the nuts.

    Plans? Do an internet search: HF Bandsaw stand.

    A kit:

    A page full:

    Many, many, many more. And I didn't even go to page 2 of the results. Did you even search?

    Originally posted by LKeithR View Post
    Probably the best system would be Unistrut. They have a wide range of components that can be used in many different ways.
    Not the cheapest way to go but if you want something solid this would be my first choice...
    Paul A.
    SE Texas

    And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
    You will find that it has discrete steps.


    • #17
      Where you located I have a stand free if you want it!


      • #18
        Find a friend who welds. I know they find me.


        • #19
          This would be the perfect excuse to buy a Lincoln AC225 welder. I got mine off CL in near perfect condition for $50.
          It's all mind over matter.
          If you don't mind, it don't matter.


          • #20
            How about good ole Rivets, like to build a boiler with. It would look cool though.


            • #21
              I used plywood for my HF 4x6. It worked fine. The original stand was too low for comfort.
              "A machinist's (WHAP!) best friend (WHAP! WHAP!) is his hammer. (WHAP!)" - Fred Tanner, foreman, Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering machine shop, circa 1979


              • #22
                just use nuts and bolts to build it . if its not solid enough f you,or it just gets loose after some use,go buy a box of deep penetrating welding rods(6010 or 6011for 1/4 inch or thicker)of if your metal is say 3/16 thick or thinner just use standard welding rods 6011-6014 ..,pull your fully charged car battery out ,get your jumper cables , hook them up to your work and batt ..rod using the +positive side of batt ,-side of batt to work and weld!!!oh wait u do need a welding shield, ask around to your buds that have a real welder for one of their fixed, flat,cheapo hold with your hand welding masks that come with new welders,good luck..
                Last edited by madokie; 03-24-2018, 02:29 AM.
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                • #23
                  He said portable bandsaw so I think he is thinking more along these lines......


                  • #24
                    It has some short welds, but could be bolted just a well. I just clamp it in a vise when I need to use it. The table is small enough that I can still use it as a handheld portable for cutoff jobs. There isn't much sense in making a huge table anyways since the throat of the saw is so small.
                    Tip; the guide bearings for the blade only look like a double row ball bearing, they aren't. When they crapped out I bought a sleeve of normal width bearings from Ebay and just doubled them up on each screw to make the width.

                    Here's how I did mine.

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                    Last edited by paul463; 03-24-2018, 12:18 PM.