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! Woodgears.ca 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.