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New Guards for an Old Bandsaw

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Project by EEngineer posted 994 days ago 3534 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently restored a 1952 10” bandsaw. It was pretty sad with a lot of rust, missing blade guards and just in need of lots of TLC.

When I was finished restoring, it ran very well but I was still left with the issue of missing blade guards. I decided to build new guards from wood.

Construction was simple: shallow open boxes with mitered corners rabbeted to hold 1/4” plywood for the face. The original standoffs that held the sheet metal guards were used to mount the new guards. All the wood was free – the sides were reclaimed from skids and the plywood came from shipping crates. A scrap of cherry from an earlier project went to the vertical guard between the bandsaw wheels. Everything was finished with a couple of coats of spar polyurethane for durability in the shop.

I still don’t know what kind of wood it was that I reclaimed from the skid but it looks very nice finished. There is a closeup in the last project photo so if anyone can ID it for me…?

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"





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Bertha

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#1 posted 994 days ago

I like your choice of hardware. Much safer now. Nice work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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drbyte

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#2 posted 994 days ago

Good project for a nice old saw. That last pic looks like Beech to me.

-- Dennis, WV

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DaddyZ

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#3 posted 994 days ago

Nice job!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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MedicKen

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#4 posted 994 days ago

The saw is on a Delta stand but it would appear the saw is not a Delta. Is it a Sprunger Bros?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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saddletramp

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#5 posted 994 days ago

Well done!!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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zindel

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#6 posted 994 days ago

MedicKen my guess is it is a Delta Homecraft. The only think this is i have a delta homecraft and it looks very close…hard to tell without the original guards and please correct me if i am wrong.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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dbhost

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#7 posted 994 days ago

Very interesting… First time I have seen this done. Good save…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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jbschutz

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#8 posted 994 days ago

The wood in the closeup looks like oak…...used in a lot of pallets. Nice reclamation project.

-- jbschutz

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EEngineer

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#9 posted 994 days ago

Sorry, should have mentioned that. It is a Delta Homecraft 28-110 bandsaw. The motor is the original Delta 1/3 HP. My shop just wouldn’t take a 36” monster bandsaw; this little 10” is just fine for me.

Beech? I’ll have to see if there are any pictures on the web. Yep! Looks like beech to me. Thanks!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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zindel

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#10 posted 994 days ago

YESSS! Hey engineer i was looking to get some new tires for mine, where did you end up getting yours from?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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EEngineer

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#11 posted 994 days ago

Peachtree Woodworking. If it is the same saw you want the 10” X 3/4” orange urethane tires. No glue, they track very well.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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zindel

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#12 posted 994 days ago

Thanks! it is the same saw…i wish i could find that same base that you have! mine is on top of a box that someone made before i got it.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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LittlePaw

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#13 posted 994 days ago

Great job! I am guessing that you got a lot of satisfaction in restoring an old pc of equipment? That’s what I was thinking when I bought an old (maybe in the 50s) 24” Boice Crane monster of a scroll saw. It took two guys to pick the thing up! It had a broken hack saw blade on it and it is one noisy machine! When I tried to open the lower unit – to clean it out – about a quart of oil poured out. turned out, it is a lubricating chamber for the mechanism that pulls the blade up and down! What a mess! Got that cleaned up, with the rest of the machine to go. I’ll probably give it a new coat of paint – how about hot pink? Never seen any machine in pink before and I don’t have a problem with my masculinity, so why not? It’ll raise eye brows for sure! Hee, haw! :D

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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EEngineer

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#14 posted 994 days ago

Naw! You probably don’t want the base I have. At least not the way I got it. And, yes, I do get a lot of satisfaction restoring old tools.

You can find some before and after pics of the actual machine restoration over here

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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zindel

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#15 posted 994 days ago

I must say you have inspired me to fix mine up. Did you add new cool blocks? i looked at the manual and see that they take 5/16×5/16? I can’t seem to find any that size though

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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