Homemade Band Saw #6: finished frame and some odds and ends

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 04-03-2013 04:08 AM 8164 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally finished the frame, or at least got it all glued up! I still need to do some cosmetic sanding to make it look nice, and there are a few notches I need to cut out of it still. All-in-all, I couldnt have asked for it to come out nicer. Everything seems to be square with no twists!

I REALLY wanted to get started making the wheels, as I anticipate that as being the most fun part! However, I do not have the shafting, bearings, or motor yet! I plan on buying the motor in the next few days. Maybe this weekend I can get started on the wheels.

The plans say you can use up to a 2HP motor. I was thinking about getting a 1.5HP motor from Harbor Freight, but not sure if this is overkill or not, or if the motors from HF are any good. Opinions would be appreciated!

Other than getting the frame done, i started making some of the other pieces…

I made the beam that the table/trunions sit on. This was a hard piece to make. Lots of holes, groves, angles, etc, etc, to cut out….

In this picture you can see a angled grove that needed to be cut out of the underside of the beam – this cutaway is to allow room for the wheel.

It was a bit tricky cutting it out. I first started cutting it out by hand with a little Japanese pull saw, and then cleaned it up with the chisel. After I got most of it cut out. I cleaned it up on the table saw. This is where it got tricky, and a little dangerous….

I clamped my table saw sled so it wouldnt move and set up stop blocks. I then raised the blade ever-so-slightly and slid the beam back and forth until it cleaned it up nice and neat! Worked really well actually. At first, I was a little comprehensive doing it, but it ended up feeling safe, so continued…

I also made the top wheel mount guides….

...and you can see in this pic I made the lower wheel mount. In the pictures I have it clamped back up, as one of the edges didnt seem like it glued completely shut. I forced some glue in the crack and reclamped it….hopefully it works, if not it was a pretty easy piece to create, so I’ll just redo it.

All the pieces except for the frame and wheels will be made out of white oak – the only reason for this is that I have a bunch lying around that I got for really cheap – so I might as well use it!

Thanks for stopping by!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 11:49 AM

This has got to be one of the most unique builds that I have seen.
Good for you.
I remember I really wanted to build a Gilliam BS when I was your age. I came so close to doing it. Never did.

Keep it up,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 12:25 PM

Some gr8 machining goin on there .

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 12:29 PM

Hey Doug, a bandsaw would have helped out for some of those tricky cuts!!!!!
I can’t wait to see it when it is done. Did you design it or is it a plan from somewhere?
What size blade do you plan for?....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 02:30 PM

This is a sick project (and by “sick” I mean GREAT). Its looking really beefy!

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 04:47 PM

How fun and cool to watch great job so far!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 07:04 PM

Fantastic progress!
You’re moving right along.
Eagerly awaiting further progress reports!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 07:11 PM

This is quite interesting. You’ve made great progress and I am looking forward to the next installment.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 01:43 AM

Lookin good, u need a pic of you holding it like Mattias does on his site. I still have yet to atart on my Wandel bandsaw. Sigh.. eventually!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Tim Dahn

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 09:34 AM

Getting this frame glued up (and straight) is a major step!

A 1 1/2 hp motor is plenty big for this saw but do you have a motor re-builder in your area? They may have a rebuilt motor for less.

Enjoying watching the progress.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 09:23 PM

Love seeing the progress! I’ll have to live vicariously through you and your build.

Jim…this is the Matthias Wandel plan from It’s an amazing set of plans, complete with SketchUp drawing. When I can get a few of my 10 projects finished, I’ll get started on mine.

-- jay,

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 06:21 AM

Coming along nicely.

-- Rick M,

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