12 inch bandsaw

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Project by dougsshop posted 02-24-2016 08:40 PM 3551 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this from downloaded plans. I did a search on “vintage bandsaws” and chose images. I found that the plans were complete and had no missing req’d data. The plans didn’t have a mechanisim to tilt the upper wheel, so I came up with a simple method for that function. The plans are possibly from a 1940 popular mechanics type magazine. Had to scrounge a motor from a dryer, but it works well. Added the saw dust deflector in place of the lower blade guide. This saw is absolutely amazing and I am using almost daily. This is the first substantial piece of shop equipment I have made.

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 09:15 PM

Great job. Nothing more satisfying than using your own built machines.

I like the small size.

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 11:54 PM

Thats pretty cool Doug. Good on ya. Might want to put a guard on the belt. JMTCW.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 01:02 AM

Whoa. That’s pretty cool

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 02:38 AM


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#5 posted 02-25-2016 07:23 AM

I’ve seen those plans and wondered how they would work. I’m glad to see someone built them. Well done.


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#6 posted 02-25-2016 04:32 PM

Successful ambition. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 02-25-2016 04:49 PM

great job. Enjoy it

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#8 posted 02-25-2016 05:16 PM

Way cool. I love the classic deep-C design. Did the plans specify the motor speed and pulley sizes, or were you working toward a specific blade speed?

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#10 posted 02-26-2016 05:14 AM

Very impresive engineering work, also good looking. I think bandsaw is very difficult to make.

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#11 posted 02-26-2016 08:23 AM

Is it possible to get more pics of the tilting/rising mechanism for the upper wheel?

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#12 posted 02-26-2016 02:57 PM

The link for the plan is above. That will show what is not there. I can post pics of what I added. It wasn’t much.

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#13 posted 02-26-2016 03:14 PM

The plans specified pulleys. I am running this machine just a few sfm slower than my 12 inch craftsman.

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#14 posted 02-28-2016 10:43 PM

That looks very good. I built one using the plans and it works well.

-- Barry,

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#15 posted 02-29-2016 02:14 AM

i chose this one as it is more in line with my skill level, plans were free, cost was very low. i like the woodgear saw and have watched the videos many times. did you post ur build?

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