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The 14" Band Saw Portion of a Band Saw Mill (to be continued)

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Project by luv2learn posted 09-01-2016 07:27 PM 2510 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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majuvla

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#1 posted 09-01-2016 07:41 PM

Truly fascinating maschine built. I find bandsaw most difficult to make.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 09-01-2016 08:01 PM

Ivan, I have seen your work. You should have little difficulty in building a band saw especially if you follow Matthias Wandel’s plans.

-- 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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woodshaver (Tony)

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#3 posted 09-01-2016 08:21 PM

If I didn’t already have a band saw I would steel yours! Just kidding Lee! That is one Awesome looking saw! Super nice job on building it!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 09-01-2016 08:34 PM

Lee this is quite an undertaking! You seem to be doing fantastic on it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 09-01-2016 08:46 PM

Thanks Tony, it is just for re-sawing smaller diameter logs. If I need to process larger logs I will go next door. My neighbor has a real band saw mill. LOL!! But hopefully this mill will be adequate for my needs.

Jeff, I spend more time thinking about the next steps than I actually do implementing them. LOL!!

-- 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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#6 posted 09-01-2016 09:23 PM

Very impressive build, Lee! I’ve followed Matthias’ builds and his band saw was one I wanted to try once I have my shop to where I can find things and work on such a large project. My wimpy HF bench unit is fine for small work, impossible by size and power limitations for serious resawing. Since I do use HF equipment when the cost and ratings are good, I would ask how the motor has been working for you? Would you recommend them to others?

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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johnhutchinson

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#7 posted 09-01-2016 09:24 PM

Does it take a band saw to make a band saw? Chicken or the egg? :-)

Your band saw looks fantastic !!!

I’ll never make one, but I’m a HUGE fan of Matthias Wandel.
As a matter of fact, I’ll probably never build any of his ship-made tools. Watching his approach to problem solving is the “build” that’s always of interest to me. That, and the confidence he displays when he’s using his tools.

Some day he’ll be on a stamp … a Canadian stamp, that is.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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geekwoodworker

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#8 posted 09-01-2016 09:53 PM

I love your wheel covers. Very ingenious.
So do you agree with Matthias about not using plywood for the frame? Is it strong enough?

Looking forward to seeing the gantry.

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 09-01-2016 11:31 PM

Paul, it is too early for me to make a comment on the Harbor Freight motor but I have had relatively good luck with their products.

John, I too like Matthias’ simplistic approach to tool making and other problems. I think having his face on a Canadian stamp would be a good idea. LOL!!

Sean, while watching Matthias’ video of his band saw in action he had to stop and change the blade. He had to bungee cord the cover open to do it. I had rather take the covers off, thus the difference in design. The way Matthias designed the frame of the saw I can’t see it failing even if it is made from plywood. Having said that, had I had 2×4 stock laying around I would probably have used it instead.

-- 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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#10 posted 09-02-2016 12:04 AM

Lee, you sure did a fine job on that band saw! and 2Hp. That will do some heavy sawing!
And the women will surely find you handy!!
Nice work….............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 09-02-2016 12:09 AM

Thanks Jim, the 2 hp. motor should be sufficient since most of what I will be milling is pine and fir.

-- 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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doubleDD

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#12 posted 09-02-2016 12:28 AM

That is a cool project you are undertaking Lee. I had looked at band saw mills on and off for a year now and can not make up my mind what to do. This looks to be promising and a lot cheaper too. I have one of those HF motors and it works like a charm. I feel as if they are under rated. It works better than my original. I will be watching for the update post patiently.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 09-02-2016 12:33 AM

Lee,

Looks pretty impressive. I too have done a bunch of investigation but my timelines stop short of Building this. If I did I’d shoot for a 17 inch and a 1 inch 3 tpi blade. Matthias did a video on bandsaw blades which is pretty informative.

I have a GO555 and I was hoping toup the HP as they have with their extreme Go555 but the housing of the motors is different, and that means modifying the saw.

John Hienz did a 6 part video on a bandsaw mill that he built. You might have seen it?

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQl9KPrpiIH9Sk0wEiN9d0ANUOK-ntV-i

When spring /summer maintenance and repair is over I hope to be milling small logs with my chainsaw mill and my bandsaw set up.

Looking forward to your journey.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 09-02-2016 12:34 AM

Thanks Dave for your kind words. Take the plunge buddy. And thanks also for your favorable comment on the HF motor.

-- 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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luv2learn

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#15 posted 09-02-2016 01:50 AM

Hi Tom, I did watch Matthias’ video on bandsaw blades. My supplier can only make up to 3/4” wide blades and after installing it I don’t think this machine could handle anything bigger. I did watch John Hienz 6 part video and gained a lot of valuable information from him.

-- 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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