Homemade 16" Bandsaw

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 07-06-2015 12:08 AM 14513 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this a few years ago from plans. It is a 16” and works flawless. It works so well I gave my old 14” store bought one to my father inlaw. I recently painted it to match my general tools and all the other tools in the shop. Built the fence from plans in American Woodworker magazine
I made the T-slot rail from Maple and then the T-bolt slides in it.

Here are some more pics.

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 12:11 AM

You guys that build your own machines just blow me away! Excellent job!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 12:15 AM

You are a master mechanic of wood. Mathias would be proud!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 12:16 AM

Love shop made machines.
Great job!!!

-- 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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#4 posted 07-06-2015 12:35 AM

Just incredible! What’s next, space shuttle?

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 12:42 AM

Not many of us can say we built our own bandsaw. Darn talented!

-- Ben in Va

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 01:40 AM

Looks pro.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 02:57 AM

Great job, Sean! I am very impressed with your bandsaw. What HP motor is driving the belt?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 03:34 AM

That Machine Is The “Bomb”. Great Job!!!

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#9 posted 07-06-2015 09:37 AM

that is one awesome piece of kit, perhaps your best IMO.
Is your fav. movie “Field of Dreams”.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 12:21 PM

Thanks everyone.
The motor is 1.5 hp. Never watched field of dreams James.

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#11 posted 07-06-2015 01:32 PM

Mighty fine build

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

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#12 posted 07-06-2015 04:53 PM

Great build Sean. Matthais hit a home run with this plan.

-- 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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#13 posted 07-06-2015 05:29 PM


Like everyone else has commented, awesome build!

But wanted to start up a discussion of buy versus build:
1) Was the saw you gave away to your father in-law a premium model, or more like a Harbor Freight special?
2) How many hours do you have in your build? how many dollars?
3) What caused you to build it?
4) Most importantly, did you enjoy the build, was there any frustrating points?

-- eTodd

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#14 posted 07-07-2015 10:18 AM

Incredible maschine, looks so complicated to built. I admire your patiente. I like the colour and straight lines of design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-17-2015 12:36 AM

Thanks all.

eTodd – The saw I gave away was a trademaster so not sure how it compares to harbour freight. It cost $400 in 2001. Not sure how long it took to build as I tinkered away with it in my spare time. It cost me approximately $200 to make. I built it just to challenge myself I guess. I definitely enjoyed building it. The only frustrating part was getting the wheels coplanar as they aren’t machined to tight tolerances and making them the way Matthias says makes them perfectly round but may have a slight wobble.

Whether to build or buy depends on you and how confident you feel at building something like this. For me I had nothing to lose cause I already owned a bandsaw. So I build just for the enjoyment and if it works then awesome.

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