Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build #2: First steps

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-14-2016 09:41 PM 717 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The kit Part 2 of Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build series Part 3: Drive Shaft Assembly »

One of the selling points for this kit was that you only need to use one sheet of plywood and some hardwood or pine. I opted to use HD materials…3/4” hardwood plywood and solid oak. The plans thoughtfully provide a materials list and a cutting diagram. Cutting the plywood pieces using the full sized templates was simple as you just trace the pieces and cut with a jigsaw. I decided to use oak for the vertical spine as this is where a majority of stress is placed on the saw when to blade is put under tension. I laminated two 3/4” oak boards to give me the correct thickness. I also decided to brace the back to give it additional strength and stiffness. The motor mount was made with a piece of pine and laminated 3/4” plywood…the motor pivots back and forth as needed to place the pulleys under tension in the completed saw. Photos below show how far I got this weekend.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 05:51 PM

Your shop looks much too clean and orderly. Mine in comparison looks like a garbage dump. Nice work so far.

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 05:51 PM

Duplicate post.

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