|Project by luv2learn||posted 09-01-2016 07:27 PM||3414 views||2 times favorited||28 comments|
It is ironic that the very first project I posted on Lumberjocks in March of 2012 was a 16” bandsaw. Both this project and that one were inspired by Woodgears.ca Matthias Wandell. In keeping with his philosophy, I used materials that I had on hand to keep the cost down. The frame is made from 23/32” plywood (which he doesn’t recommend). The cowling and misc. parts are made of 1/2” plywood and 1/4” plywood. I used hardwood for the blade guide and motor mounts.
I made the wheels thicker than the plans called for. Matthias made his of 3/4” MDF, I laminated two pieces of 23/32” plywood for mine. Since this saw is intended primarily for re-sawing I wanted beefier wheels. I also have a 3/4”, 3 TPI blade installed. I bought a 2 hp. motor from Harbor Freight to give the saw the oomph I needed. I tried re-sawing some cherry (last photo) and it did a great job.
The bones of the saw are identical to his with a few modifications. The cowling doesn’t look anywhere near what he designed. I had to be different, LOL!!
I will post an update when I get the gantry and tracks built for it so that I can use it as a band saw mill.
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green