My DIY Bandsaw - 4th Shopmade Woodworking Tool #6: Final phase

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Blog entry by Armand posted 386 days ago 2800 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is an update on the final phase my DIY band saw. Almost everything is complete except for the blade cover that still I have to make. Already made some test cuts but the virgin blade that I have still needs some setting, it has almost no kerf that caused burns on the wood and curves to the right. I’m planning to have the blade’s teeth properly set and sharpned by experienced sharpeners in Taytay Philippines.

The upper part showing the pillow blocks and the stainless square tube blade guide post.

Initially this was my set up for the upper blade guide but those dark wooden blocks were replaced later on with bearings.

and this is the lower blade guide assembly with two bearings after replacing the wooden blocks.

The table with a acrylic plastic as table insert, an LED lamp, and the upper blade guide.

Below the table…two holes on the cover, one for checking the blade and the other for dust collection. The table is secured by wing nuts and angle bars. At right is the belt tensioner also attached thru angle bar.

The initial cut showing burn on the wood indicating the blade’s teeth are not angled or no kerf.

And here’s my DIY band saw. Cutting height is 9” and cutting width is 10.75”, a relatively small band saw.


Thanks for patiently watching this build. I will post video update later when my blade is properly set.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#1 posted 386 days ago

Congratulations Armand on a Fine Build!!
Enjoy your new possibilities!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 386 days ago

Great, Armand! Very impressive! Very professionally done. Would you ever consider fabricating this by order. I’ll be your first customer. I’ve alway wanted to own one but the ones commercially available here are exorbitant. Congratulations!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#3 posted 386 days ago

Mabuhay! Nice work and beautiful when you had painted. Its just in time for your 199th posts and the contest is all about bandsaw. Good luck! Just be careful.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 386 days ago

Sweet build. Congrats on getting her done.

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#5 posted 386 days ago

Great result. I hope you will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Are you planning to cover the pulleys on the far side?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 386 days ago

Thank you guys for the positive comments.

@EMVarona: HI Ed I was elated by your comment, thank you very much. I spent almost two months time building this and I’m not ready yet to build another one.

@stefang: Covering the pulleys at the back wasn’t in the original plan coz I intend to position this at one side of my shop and not at the center, and besides the pulleys are well covered by the table.

May I add this: All band saw blades being sold here in the Philippines are unset and need sharpening before they can be used. Thats kinda weird coz thats the case of my German brand blade. I asked another store that sells Japan brand and the answer is the same. So I might spend my weekend searching for those shops that do the sharpening. I hope I can DIY it.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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