HomeMade Bandsaw #1: How the journey started

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Blog entry by ChrisCarr posted 08-02-2010 05:51 AM 4235 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About 3 weeks ago I decided I needed a bandsaw. I wanted to start building “fine” things such as furniture and didn’t have a machine to easily cut curves with. All I had used before was a jigsaw (and sometimes a router for copying designs). Like usual I check the internet to see what was available. I wanted a Bandsaw at least 12 inches so I could do resawing as well. However most 12 inch bandsaws were $350 minimum, I wanted to spend no more than $150 since I can’t really afford a bandsaw to start with. With that discovered I realized I was going to build my own! was a website that made me think it was possible, but unlike the bandsaw on that site I wanted to buy my wheels already fabricated. Soon after deciding on a homemade bandsaw I stumbled across 12 inch bandsaw plans in an old popular mechanics magazine. The plans were very vague and not much help for anything other than the tensioning system and a few other bits and pieces. After some thinking I order all the parts I would need….

- (2) 12 inch v-pulleys …. for wheels
- 6 inch v- pulley … for drive pulley
- 2 inch v-pulley … for motor pully
- (4) 5/8 shaft collars
- (2) bronze bearing pillow blocks (5/8 bore)
- 3 foot 5/8 steel shaft
- 8 foot pressure treated 4×4
- 3/4 plywood sheet (sand pine)
- several compression springs
- 3/8 thread crown bolt and wings nuts and washers

I was able to get a free 1/3 hp motor from a friend. I also salvaged some bearings for thrust from an old pool pump.

I was planning on making my 12 inch bandsaw larger than most so it could have the cutting capacity of a 14 inch. So I bought a 1/8 93 1/2 bandsaw blade.

In all I spent under $130.

With everything I needed It was time to begin making the bandsaw housing and putting the pieces together.

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 09:36 AM

I admire the LJ’S on here that make there own power equipment on here. I can’t wait to see the progress on it..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 05:48 PM

make sure you take photos of your progress!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 07:09 PM

Very cool, my father made a homemade bandsaw about 20 years ago. I’ve got pictures of it in my projects section I don’t know much about it other than it runs like a dream and cuts up fruit tree logs brilliantly, but I’m sure I can ask him any questions you may need answered.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 07:43 PM

This entry was actually written about 1 week ago, I just got around to posting it last night. I am about 65% done building it now. I will post some videos and pictures very shortly.

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 01:07 AM

good luck. i know there was a company that used to sell plans for building your own bandsaw, but I don’t remember the name. keep us posted.

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