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Project by luv2learn posted 03-08-2012 10:00 PM 9230 views 36 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bandsaw project was out of necessity, I didn’t have one and didn’t want to spend the money necessary to buy a quality one. They say ignorance is bliss, so I thought what the heck, I will just build one. I have been a fan of Matthias wandel and his website woodgears.ca for some time now. I liked his bandsaw build so I downloaded his plans.

It was quite a challenging project for a novice woodworker like myself, especially since all the dimensions were in millimeters and centimeters and I am used to feet and inches. The framing material is reclaimed 2×6s that I re-sawed and planed down. The wheels, table assembly, guard, etc. is made of oak pallet material a friend gave me. I had to glue up several pieces to get the finished dimensions for the wheels, table, etc.

Trying to true up the wheels was the biggest challenge because I had to jury rig a lathe type system to get them in round. I am not fully satisfied with them but they are good enough for right now. The saw is powered by a 1/2hp ac capacitor type motor and it is adequate. I have put on a 1/2” wide, 3TPI blade, and re-sawed a 12” wide piece of oak.

The lacquered oak looked so nice I couldn’t cover it up so rather than build the blade cover Matthias had shown on his plans I improvised and built just enough blade protection for the saw to where I felt safe operating it.

I have built two more tools for my shop and will post them soon.

-- 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

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 10:16 PM

WOW!!! I must say I’m impressed! I have been on woodgears.ca and I admire his work also.
Nice work on your new bandsaw!! Can’t wait to see your other hand made tools!

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 10:19 PM

Your saw is beautiful! I’m impressed and I’ll be looking for the other tools you’ve built.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 10:23 PM

Now that is outrageously cool! Excellent

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 10:30 PM

I got those plans over a year ago and just about the time I was going to start working on it Obamanomics cost me my job. Been a struggle ever since and I just don’t have the time to work on it.

Some day I will get to it though. In the mean time it’s great to see other folks proving it can be done.
Congratulations on a nice build. I was thinking about using flange bearings as well.

In relation to truing the wheels, have you considered using a belt sander, set on a fixture at an angle to the face of the wheel. Let the contact with the sander do the spinning. I once turned the brake rotors on my car like that and it worked great.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 10:32 PM

I might have to build one for myself. Great job.

-- Kenny, New York

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 10:39 PM

Wow. I’ve got nothing but respect for the guys who can build their own powered equipment.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 10:51 PM

Looks like a very good build and a real money saver too. Can’t you true up your wheels with a router mounted on a circle jig?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 10:57 PM

Way cool,very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 03-08-2012 11:39 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. It is really nice having peer approval of your work. To crank49, I have less than $50.00 invested in the saw and that was mostly for the flange bearings and saw blades. Truing the wheels was a problem because I used a flange bearing on the outside but a inset roller bearing on the inside. I tried using a flange bearing on the inside as well but the clearances I needed to hold wouldn’t work out. Matthais Wandel used two roller bearings on his wheel build but I had to be different :). The wheels really aren’t that bad but I seem to have this problem with perfection I can’t seem to shake :).

-- 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 03-09-2012 12:47 AM

Nice one.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 12:50 AM

congrats with your new toy :-)
hope it will take you a lifetime to worre it out

take care
Dennis

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 01:10 AM

that is just too cool. it looks like it was a challenge

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 01:19 AM

Really nice band saw, keep us advised on how it works out

-- Norman

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#14 posted 03-09-2012 02:05 AM

great bandsaw, that is very cool.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 03-09-2012 03:57 AM

Nice saw.
I recently built the 16” version of Mr. Wandell’s bandsaw. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who agrees the wheels are the hardest part.

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EDIT
I have to go check this out.
Your post says this is a 14”. However, after looking closer at the photos you’ve posted, most of the parts are identical to the 16” I built.
I will go to his site and check it out.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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