Old band saw

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Project by JordiTomas posted 03-14-2011 03:53 AM 3860 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project. Replacing the wooden guide (left in photo equipment) of my old band saw for a guide consists of three wheels skating boots.The three wheels are adjustable in width and depth of the blade.


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#1 posted 03-14-2011 04:32 AM

Wow, excellent idea and execution! I think the bald guy on the top shelf approves. ;-)

And that is one big bandsaw!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 05:08 AM

You need to get a Patten. Also introduce that to Laguna and Grizzly for the great Idea.


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#3 posted 03-14-2011 05:12 AM

Something about the pictures just screamed Europe to me…I think it was the saw and the rock wall in the backgrond.
I had to google your location up in Spain.
Good modification to your bandsaw and welcome to lumberjocks, great to have ideas from Europe

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 05:36 AM

When did you do this? I’m interested in knowing how well the skate wheels hold up. I have an old Craftsman 12” that is in bad need of guide bearing. I’ve been trying to wait till I can afford some cool blocks, but if this will hold up over the long run, I may want to try it.


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#5 posted 03-14-2011 11:49 AM

Great idea.
I love the guy on top shelf in the background.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 01:13 PM

The bearings on my 14” rikon are the same as my son’s skate wheel bearings. So I use his unused bearings whenver mine on my bandsaw need to be replaced.

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 09:54 PM

it just looking good
will you give an update on how well the wheels will hold up to it
not so much the bearings but the nylon/urethane tires
and how it overall behave in use

thank´s for sharing :-)

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 12:06 AM

Thanks for your comments. About the long run, what only worries me is the wheel wear depth. If the wheel wears out too much, I always can put a metal cover on it. What really worries me are the ball bearings. Firstly, I remove the old skate wheels of my daughter. Nylon was fine, but the bearings were too much slack, so I decided to use new ones. The price was € 12.95 for a pack of 4 wheels (I guess it was made ​​in China). It seemed to me quite cheap. I’m sure that the blades will need to be sharpened before the wheels replaced. I attach a link with more pictures for those who asked me for details. Thank-you again for your welcome.


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#9 posted 03-15-2011 12:29 AM

Great Idea on the Bandsaw guides. If you put a groove in the wheel on the back of the blade, I wonder if it would work for the smaller blades, with out the side wheels?

I would also like the story on the top shelf head. Is he just hanging around checking out your shop? Or does he have a purpose in life?

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 02:42 AM

Sorry. Now going to sleep. Here is tonight. Are 1:30 pm. Tomorrow answer. I use the google translator. My wife speaks English. She makes me translations.


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#11 posted 03-15-2011 10:16 AM

cool idea

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 03-15-2011 09:45 PM

When I was 18 years old, I used to play music in a band during the villages carnivals. I made that “capgrós” (huge head) -the bald guy on the top of the shelf- as one of my first craft work in the showbusiness. It’s a traditional character you can find in a lot of villages during the carnivals. Its purpose is to make kids laugh, run and sometimes scare them too.
Here you can find some pictures:
Regarding to the groove on the back wheel for smaller blades, I think it could work at the beginning, but as the inside and outside sizes are not exactly the same and they go around simultaneously, I think it could cause a major wearing and finally the result would be the same as in my former wooden guide. Throwing a small groove in the nylon is more complicated. If you think of it to avoid the side wheels, it would be better that the back wheel was an iron one. A work in mechanical lathe and moreover, I think it would be very loud. The noise of the skate wheels is quiet soft.


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#13 posted 01-19-2013 02:02 PM

I have a smaller Dayton 54” blade lay-down saw that has NO bearings/guide wheels. When I first saw this article, my first thought was rollers from a sliding shower door. I wonder how those would work? they’re only about 3/16” wide, and not made for speed or continuous use. Guide wheels and a new blade are keeping this saws from going back to work.

-- You're want to do what with WHAT? Now that is a good idea!

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