Band saw

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Project by gook posted 05-27-2014 04:14 AM 3394 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this bandsaw last year. It is a 16 inch and is made from scrap 2×6 lumber. Got the plans from Mathias Wandel at

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#1 posted 05-27-2014 04:32 AM

Man, that’s beautiful! Great job, and welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 05-27-2014 04:39 AM

I like the way you did your dust collection and belt tension changement. And as many woodgear bandsaws this one is also beautifull.


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#3 posted 05-27-2014 08:49 AM

That looks better than my Delta. What a great build

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 09:20 AM

Very nicely done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-27-2014 11:07 AM

Outstanding work! It looks good too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-27-2014 11:38 AM

Great build, now enjoy. Welcome to LJs.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 05-27-2014 12:22 PM

Nothing better than home made, like homemade pie. a sense of accomplishment. Great job and I bet it keeps up with the best of them. Looked like the pulley on the motor is home made. Way to go.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 05-27-2014 12:34 PM

Great job on the bandsaw! I’d love to see some more detailed/closeup shots of your fence system.


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#9 posted 05-27-2014 12:48 PM

Great looking build; and, it’s a 16” instead of just a 14”.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 05-27-2014 12:58 PM

Looks great. I bought the same plans from Mathias Wandel at, but didn’t have all the tools necessary at the time to build it. Hope to replace my GO555 with this home built version. Is there any excess vibration?

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 01:41 PM

Thanks guys. I had an old 14” trademaster that worked ok but wanted a bigger one. The homemade one is 100% better so I sold the 14”. Total cost was under $200. To buy a decent 16” would cost over $1000. Pulley’s are all made from spruce also. Dust collection works awesome and gets about 90% or more of the dust. I will try to get some detail shots of fence. I got the plans from American wooderworker. Just google homemade bandsaw fence. Mathias’s plans are fantastic and easy to follow. He has done all the work of planing the build and I just followed the plans. There are no noticable vibrations as far as I can tell.

Thanks guys and it was a fun build and well worth it.

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#12 posted 05-27-2014 04:18 PM

That’s amazing! Great job and attention to detail.
Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#13 posted 05-27-2014 06:39 PM

Nicely done. I need to make one of these. I bought the plans. Someday when I have time…

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#14 posted 05-27-2014 09:43 PM

Another beautiful homemade band saw! Outstanding! Can you make a video of it cutting or post sample cuts?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#15 posted 05-27-2014 11:06 PM

Man that’s nice! I always admire you guys that build your own machines.

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