|Project by luv2learn||posted 03-08-2012 10:00 PM||12596 views||36 times favorited||32 comments|
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