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Blog series by Armand updated 07-30-2013 02:40 PM 7 parts 310514 reads 39 comments total

Part 1: On the drawing board - The main Frame

05-16-2013 02:25 AM by Armand | 5 comments »

I’m building a Bandsaw, my 4th shopmade tool. It will be made of layers of phenolic plywoods with 14” wheels. The table will be fixed at 90 degrees coz I don’t see any need to cut at 45 deg and it’s going to be easy to make a sled for it. .Here are the plans that I created using CorelDraw. The square hole at the base of the frame will house the tension adjuster. .I then exported the drawing to Sketchup to create 3D images of the Frame. .next in ...

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Part 2: The Tension Adjuster

05-16-2013 02:50 AM by Armand | 4 comments »

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 t...

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Part 3: Making the Wooden Frame and Some Design modifications

05-24-2013 06:45 AM by Armand | 6 comments »

Posting some pictures on the status of this project: The wooden frames are used marine plywood from Pacific Wood Laminates. The frames have been shaped and are ready for trimming ang gluing. ..and this is the template that I’ll be using to trim the frames, made of plywood that I painted white for clearer outlines. I made some modifications on the design particularly on the tensioner, it will be more stable i hope. The upper wheel is likewise moved to top to ride on pillow b...

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Part 4: Working on the Tensioner Assembly

06-07-2013 03:44 AM by Armand | 0 comments »

Continuing this series of my DIY band saw. The build focuses now on the Tensioner assembly and the block that houses the shaft.Showing here the block with the metal shaft, nuts, and the lock for the wheels. The top of the block with the nut inserted onto it. A washer was fastened to secure the nut. dryfitting again to the frame. and heres a video that previews the action of the assembly.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7teZsmVfmc

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Part 5: The band wheels and initial success.

06-14-2013 02:48 AM by Armand | 5 comments »

continuing on this project, i have already made the wheels out of used HDF materials from the doors of a broken cabinet. I fashioned out a quick jig for cutting the wheels on my table saw. the simple jig on my table saw made of 1/4” playwood. .I made 4 wheels and cut away the inner circles of the two and attached them on the remaining wheels with glue and screws. .and tested them on the frame. .I have also made the crowns on the wheels using the same jig on my table saw. But...

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Part 6: Final phase

07-09-2013 08:37 AM by Armand | 8 comments »

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 ...

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Part 7: A video Update

07-30-2013 02:40 PM by Armand | 11 comments »

Finally a video of my Band Saw.

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