Do you really need to spend $15,000 on a computer-controlled plasma-cutting table to make elaborate cuts in incredibly hard steel?

Well, if you’re in a hurry, then yeah, you should probably buy one of those tables (or find someone else who already has one).

But if you’ve got some time, such as, let’s say, a year or so, then good news: Such metalwork is totally doable on your own with simple tools.

For proof, consider this: A copy of Jimmy DiResta’s portable bandsaw stand, which I made primarily with a jigsaw.

Full report coming soon to ProjectLab.How.



Jimmy DiResta's portable bandsaw stand video:

Same thing, but with Jimmy's narration (very helpful if you're going to build it):

Jimmy's vlog where he answers my question:

Kevin Caron's video on how to precisely cut sheet metal:

Eastwood MIG 135 welder:

My review of that welder (it's great):

Harbor Freight portable bandsaw (regularly goes on sale for around $100):

Want to try making this? Hit up Jimmy on Twitter to get him to send you his design file:

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