|Project by Junado||posted 03-13-2014 06:23 PM||3920 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
So here I am again with another one of Matthias Wandel’s machine (woodgears.ca): the wooden bandsaw. I bought these plans in september last year and built the bandsaw over 2 months (october/november), then built the stand during the Christmas holiday between ski days.
I have to say, this was a challenging build, but oh so much fun. Sometimes, following plans and not having to figure out dimensions and such is very relaxing. I must confess, this was a complex endeavour and included many new things for me, the biggest of which was the ghetto-lathe rig to turn the wheels perfectly concentric. If you go to Matthias’ website, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Plywood edges were very tough on the gouge I was using and my rough cut was far from the final line, so I had a lot of material to remove. Voids in the plywood tend to catch the tool as well, so I had some scary moments, but thankfully no injuries.
As you can see from the pictures, the bandsaw is 95% wood. The frame is laminated from pine boards cut out of construction grade lumber and the rest is either plywood or hardwood (maple and wild cherry). The guards are also made of pine and some leftover 1/4” “mahogany” plywood (it’s sold as such, but is a 1/4” laminated board with a kind of fibrous, lightweight core). The blade guides are cumaru scraps, which is a very hard exotic wood and has held up very well to use.
I invested about 500$ into the saw, 40% of which went to the motor that I bought new (1 HP) and another 25-30% went to the hardware: bearings, hardened shafts, V-pulley and strap for the motor, eletrical, etc.). Except for the hardwood, I also bought all the materials new (pine and russian birch plywood), so I’m probably hovering at the high end of the cost for this machine. I’ve worked on an old 14” Delta bandsaw and as far as I can tell, this 16” machine performs at least as well if not better. I’ve used it mostly to cut curves so far, but have also resawn about 7” of cherry freehand and it performed flawlessly. I’ve still got a bit of vibration on the table when it’s running, but I know it’s coming from the V-pulley on the bottom wheel that is slightly off center. The enclosure of the saw is open on the bottom and most of the saw dust falls in the first drawer of the stand.
Overall, very happy with the machine and the build was a formidable learning experience. They say it’s not the final product, it’s the journey that counts and in the case of this build, I wholeheartedly agree.