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Transforming Band Saw to Band Mill

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Project by luv2learn posted 10-27-2016 09:43 PM 1695 views 11 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Photo 1 shows the 14” band saw on its stand. This saw and stand is easy to move around the shop and outside with its 10” hard rubber wheels. Photo 2 shows the band saw with its table removed and the dolly under the stand ready to receive the saw in the horizontal position. Photo 3 shows the band saw in the process of being lowered. Why not just lift the saw off the stand you might ask? It is heavy and I have a bad back. This was a no mess no fuss solution. Photo 4 shows the saw resting on the dolly ready to be wheeled over to the gantry. Disconnecting the saw from the stand is a simple matter of removing the pulley wire from the pulley on the saw and unscrewing two knobs at the base of the saw. Photo 5 shows the saw in the gantry. And, photo 6 shows my first test run on a short round of log.

The entire saw is now disconnected.

I am powering the saw with a 2 hp. motor. I have a 3/4”, 3 t.p.i. blade installed and it runs at 2611 f.p.m. Overall I am happy with the results. I still need to do some tweaking here and there.

-- 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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BusterB

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#1 posted 10-27-2016 10:02 PM

Wow L2L….just WOW!!! Nice build

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 10-27-2016 10:15 PM

I’ll 2nd that WOW! Lee do you ever take a break? That is one beautiful looking Mill! Are you starting your own lumber yard? LOL!!!! You are one amazing guy! Love all the things you do.. makes my head spin! :)

-- 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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#3 posted 10-27-2016 10:30 PM

Way to go . Lee!
that is really useful!!

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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#4 posted 10-27-2016 11:17 PM

Thanks Buster. I really like the challenge of building my own tools.

Thanks Tony. I started this project on July 9th. More thinking than building :-). It is going to be nice to be able to mill up some of my own lumber rather than running to a lumber yard. But this is a rather small saw and it has its limits.

Thanks Jim. Most of my projects are spur of the moment it is going to be nice to custom cut some of my materials.

-- 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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#5 posted 10-27-2016 11:33 PM

That is one MAGNIFICENT piece of engineering !!!

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

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#6 posted 10-28-2016 12:24 AM

That’s the project of the year! Well done Lee congratulations.

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#7 posted 10-28-2016 12:24 AM

Now that’s a tool! Thanks for sharing the concept.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 10-28-2016 12:39 AM

John, thank you that is a really nice compliment.
waho6o9, thank you for your kind words.
Thanks Eric, it will be a great asset to have this capability.

-- 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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#9 posted 10-28-2016 02:19 AM

Lee, that’s ingenious. I can see why there was a lot of thinking on it. The ingenuity is superb. 3 plus months to build and it would take me 3 years to save money to buy one. Very well done.

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

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 10-28-2016 04:35 AM

Hi Dave, I was inspired by Matthias Wandell of Woodgears . However, the saw stand and the way the saw is transitioned from the vertical to horizontal was my idea as was the dolly. I made several other deviations from Matthias’ design to suit my needs. It is not a Wood Miser mill for sure but as you pointed out, it would take me years to afford one of those.

-- 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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#11 posted 10-28-2016 05:35 AM

Lee,

Great Job. Have you thought about a larger version? I also would like to know @ how long it took to construct? ( not the planning LOL)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 10-28-2016 06:05 AM

Hi Tom, yes I have thought about a more robust version but first I want to test the limits of this machine. I am just guessing now but it probably took about 300 hours to build the saw, stand, gantry, and rail system. I started July 9th. Oh, did I mention that I am slow. 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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#13 posted 10-28-2016 10:53 AM

Very cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 10-28-2016 11:08 AM

amazing!

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#15 posted 10-28-2016 11:18 AM

Wow! Incredible woodworking and engineering in one. Prety interesting and logical combination of maschinery.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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