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This past Sunday I ordered the Shop Fox Mini Base for my Grizzly G0555 Band Saw. I have had my band saw up on casters for years, and it's always been a tad high. The casters are about 3" tall, so the band saw is kind of a good fit for a 6' tall woodworker at this point, I am only 5'-9". Also when pushing material through the resaw blade, the band saw wants to walk and rock a bit because of the height of the casters, so am hoping the low profile mobile base will stabilize the saw. I should be getting it this Thursday, I'll let ya all know how it feels and works!
Okay so I am no pro when it comes to terminology of types of turnings. Saw this somewhere and decided to give it a shot. Not sure what it is called but looks cool. Glued up two bases using a 1/4 threaded rod and some washers. Neighbor gave me four large 5 inch washers so I used them to keep the bottom surface clean and flat. I cheated on the bottom, since I already had to drive a 1/4 hole I went to the BS and used my circle cutting jig and rounded the edges off. Less time on the lathe roughing it out. This morning I removed it all from the rod and this is what I had before going to the lathe. And finally after a bit I had the 1st one done. Found a hole inside the other base and filled it up with epoxy so it gets turned tomorrow.
Ok, since the Bandsaw is all cleaned up and running again, needed a dedicated spot to park the thing.. Had one more metal grid thingy. Added some plywood sides, by screwing through the plywood and into the metal part. Then clamped a 2x2 leg into the corners. 2x2 came via a 2x4 ripped down the center. Couple drywall screws to join wood to wood. I did use a NEW plane to smooth out the saw marks on the legs. Type 10, Stanley/Bailey No.6c. Not too bad. as for the corner joints? Might add more support later. Just two screws from each direction. Note that the plywood is also screwed to the metal grid part, too. Hex head, self-drilling screws. Used a pair of Visegrip finger clamps to hold things steady. Tried to keep the legs straight was a bit rough. They wanted to toe-in a bit. Added a scrap stretcher at the bottom of one pair, as they toed in badly. Drilled a few mounting holes through the top. Top is just 1/4" plywood, screwed to the grid. Bolt holes to bolt the saw in place. Couple of nuts, and a couple fender washers. Bolt heads were a bit smallish. With these two, I had to add a couple nuts to the bolts, as they were way too long. Fender washers needed to be drilled out a bit ( THAT was fun) and then another bolt slipped over the bolt when it popped up through the hole. May go back later with a wrench. The two on the other side were a bit easier, just drop a bolt through the holes, and add the nuts. #3 Phillips screwdriver to tighten them down. Found an old blade, and installed it on the saw. Plugged the saw in, and tried things out. Seemed to do ok. No rocking, or walking about on the floor. Need to clear a spot in the shop to park this thing.. So it can be out of the way when other things are going on. Now have a bench for the lathe, a stand for a router table, and now a base for the bandsaw. Opens a nice area on the original bench. Might sit a tool box on the spot vacated. Right next to the scrollsaw. This keeps up, I just might have a shop all set up. Might have to make a saw till next. Seem to have picked up a few good ones, lately...