My DIY Bandsaw - 4th Shopmade Woodworking Tool #2: The Tension Adjuster

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Blog entry by Armand posted 05-16-2013 02:50 AM 18775 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: On the drawing board - The main Frame Part 2 of My DIY Bandsaw - 4th Shopmade Woodworking Tool series Part 3: Making the Wooden Frame and Some Design modifications »

Here is the tension adjuster, I don’t know the words to use for the parts so please bear with me for lack of explanations. I would like to hear your comments.

The upper block with threaded round bar will be attached to the frame by means of dowels or screws. The lower blocks with the shafting will be moving up and down once the threaded bar is rotated for the tension adjustment.


To prevent the whole assembly from tilting, flat bars will be attached to the frame too.

So it would look like this.

and this.

and here’s a close up view.

I will build first the frame and the tension adjuster assembly before i proceed to the wheels and blade guides

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

4 comments so far

View Praki's profile


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#1 posted 05-16-2013 03:23 AM

This is looking nice! I like the blade tension mechanism at the bottom instead of top. I was going to make a comment about eccentric force on the axle but you have taken care of it with the flat bars.

I don’t have a band saw and I have been thinking about building a no-frills version myself. So far, I like your design very much – fixed table eliminates a bunch of complexity.

Thanks for posting.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 03:25 AM

Good Luck… I like to see it personally because I do need also one for cutting veneers. Looking forward on the construction. Ingat lang (Take care.) Be safe.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 05-16-2013 03:33 AM

Sure Bert i will invite you to my shop once it is finished. Salamat!!

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#4 posted 05-16-2013 06:25 PM

Nice blade tensioner design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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