For the last few years I’ve desperately needed a new bandsaw; I’ve been using a $79 Lowes off-brand 9” bandsaw. As you can imagine that little thing has left A LOT to be desired… that little thing can’t handle anything harder than pine! Beyond my desire to build specific projects, I’ve really wanted to start resawing logs into boards to save on lumber costs where ever possible.
Having decided that I needed to upgrade, I started doing my research I first made my list of requirements:
1. It needs to be cheap
2. It needs to have enough power for resawing
3. It needs to have clearance for resawing at least 8” logs
4. It needs to be mobile as I have a small shop
Well as you all know, there are plenty of saws on the market which meet 3 out of 4 of those requirements, but the price is where I was getting held up. Then I remembered seeing wooden bandsaws that several LJ’s have built and started looking into that. If you haven’t seen Matthias Wandel’s website, www.woodgears.ca, his design for a wooden bandsaw is extremely impressive! He has a lot of other things on his website that are equally as interresting, but I’ll try not to diverge into a new topic…
After a bit of research into the 16” woodgears bandsaw I was hooked. It looked like a really fun way to get the tool I wanted and give myself a really great project to work on in the process.
This is my first blog and I tend to only get a few minutes in my workshop at a time… so as I write this first entry I’m already well into the build. Otherwise, it might be a month or two between updates! It’s been a really fun build so far and I have a fair amount left to finish it. I look forward to any suggestions or feedback anyone can provide along the way!