THE HANDYMAN MACHINE
The Handyman machine can be bench-mounted (to an existing bench) or
floor mounted via a stand.
1. Bench Mounting
If you have enough spare bench space then bench-mounting is the
cheapest and easiest way to install the machine.
All that is needed for this is an angle bracket and some fasteners.
(See the blue item in the drawing below).
The method shown here sets the machine a little above the the surface
of the bench and thus allows the use of the backstop bars and backstop
If you do not require the backstop bars then the machine could be
mounted flush with the bench top.
In this case the exact method of mounting will depend on the nature and
construction of the bench.
2. Floor Mounting:
Floor mounting, via the single post stand shown below, allows the
machine to be completely independent of any benches and provides for
the maximum amount of free-arm effect around the ends of the
The stand consists of a column made from rectangular
hollow section (RHS) and 4 special feet.
The RHS dimensions are 125 x 75 x 3mm (wall thickness). The
vertical length is 846mm. ( When mounted the machine will have a
surface height of 900mm).
Most steel suppliers will sell this section by-the-metre, so if you are
making a one-off machine you do not need to purchase a whole length
(which is usually 8m).
This size RHS is also available with a thinner wall thickness of 2.0mm.
That wall thickness is also suitable for this stand but is
not a preferred stocking size for most steel suppliers.
Cost for a 1 metre long piece of RHS will be about $30 (or about $20 if you can
get the thinner wall version).
The stand requires 4 feet, one on each corner. These feet have
been specially designed such that no welding is required in their
manufacture. They are very light weight and yet provide a very
stiff connection to the column.
When mounted each foot points downwards (by 3 degrees) such that only
the tip touches the floor. This gives the stand good stability.
(The downward pointing angle is built into the design of the foot).
Only a single hole (one in each corner of the column) is required to mount each foot. No other fasteners are required.
The stand viewed from underneath.
When assembling a foot to the stand, insert the threaded rod into the
column before installing the M6 countersunk screw which fastens the end
of the rod. Finger-tighten the outer M10 nut on each rod and then
install, and loosly tighten, the 4 internal M10 nuts.
Check if the stand sits on the floor without rocking. If one of
the feet needs to point down more then further tighten its outer M10
nut. Finally firmly tighten all the internal M10 nuts.
FLOOR STAND - DRAWINGS
The drawings below are in draft form. If you register your
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whenever there is an update to any drawing.
1. COLUMN: Enlarged view
. PDF drawing
: Enlarged view
. PDF drawing
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