Homemade Band sawmill #5: Push handle and water cooling

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Blog entry by geekwoodworker posted 10-28-2014 10:19 PM 6670 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Gantry Rails and log bed Part 5 of Homemade Band sawmill series Part 6: Blade guide upgrade/modification »

The sawmill is done and working great.

Adding the handle helped allot when pushing the saw through the log. The handle is removable by just pulling the handle up and removing the lag bolts holding the arms in. The handle is held on by through mortise. I added the switch to the handle also.

The cooling is a shower bag from canadian tire. I added a valve to it. It is attached to the movable blade guide arm. It works well but I am finding that the saw works just fine without the water cooling. So I am no long using it.

I had to add an adjuster to the left wheel axle mount as it kept moving slightly causing the wheel to become misaligned and the blade would then ride on the edge of the wheel instead of the center.

So here is a quick video of it. This is my first ever video so it isn’t that good. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 01:04 AM


Just checked out the video. Ya did good!
Know you have been working on this for awhile. What would you estimate as time?, money?, and material for this.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 01:42 AM

I like the handle. Have you sent the video to Matthias?

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 02:39 AM

Awesome build, great to see it in action!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 10:23 AM

thanks guys.

Doc. I haven’t figured the cost or time yet but will soon and then I am gonna post it as a project with that and the specs.

Rick. Haven’t sent it to Mathias yet but plan on it.

thanks again.

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 01:41 PM

Great work on this Sean. I really like that you did it with wood. You don’t have to worry about it getting rusty and it appeals to the wood guy in me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 05:11 PM

Very nicely done Sean. You thought out every aspect of the project and turned out a valuable tool. Thanks for sharing it with us. This is on top of my to do list for 2015.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 05:48 PM


I don’t have the space in my shop(full of tools on wheels) to build it. Harbor frieght has a gas band saw mill which is the least expensive of the mills out there. I have a farm quality 1.5 hp motor, but Mathias, build seemed underpowered? Since you are a Geek, I’m looking forward to any critique you want to share as well.

You may have inspired a whole new era…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 10-29-2014 08:21 PM

Thanks guys.

Doc. I used a 2 hp motor from an old table saw and it has plenty of power as it runs on 220 v power. The weak spot is the belt as it tends to slip and squeal under stress. I need to make something to put a bit more tension on it and hold the tension. Mathias motor did seem under powered to me too. I also think it is important to use a proper band mill blade and not just any bandsaw blade.

Hope this helps and thanks again. I hope everyone likes the project too.

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#9 posted 10-30-2014 02:40 AM


Harbor freight sells the linked belt cheaper than anyone else. It improved my old craftsman belt drive table saw performance.

Another thought is double pulleys?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 10-30-2014 10:52 AM

One heck of a build.

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

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