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Forum topic by harriw posted 06-19-2015 03:36 AM 735 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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harriw

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06-19-2015 03:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw woodgears wood gears woodgearsca matthias wandel homemade home-made

Hi folks,

So I finally pulled the trigger and started work on a home-made bandsaw, courtesy of Matthias Wandel over at www.woodgears.ca. I haven’t gotten terribly far yet, but was just wondering if anybody else is working on one of these at the moment?

So far I have the wheel blanks glued up and rounded on the router table, have all the wheel flanges cut and drilled, and am working on pressing the wheel bearings into the flanges. 2 are seated, 2 to go. Went relatively smoothly actually (which is good, as seating those bearings was one of the things I was most concerned about).

I also threw in a picture of the motor I found to power this contraption. Craigslist hasn’t had any 3/4 – 1 HP motors lately, but I managed to scoop this up for $75. It’s a 1.5 HP Westinghouse build in 1949. It’s an absolute PIG of a motor, and weighs roughly a ton. Yes – that’s a 12” combination square sitting on top of it for reference. This saw will not be under-powered.

So anybody else working on one of these at the moment? I’ve seen some older threads on them, but was just wondering.

-- Bill - Western NY


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Tenfingers58

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 04:11 AM

I’ve been building his screw advance box joint jig. The plans and videos haven’t left me scratching my head trying to figure it out. I don’t think you’ll have any problems.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 04:14 AM

almost, but then I found a 20”er for dirt cheap. He uses the hell out of his homemade tools so I’d trust them. One day when I have the time I’ll pick something to build.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 12:18 PM

Tenfingers58 – I actually bought the screw-advance box joint jig too while I was getting bandsaw plans anyway. I always thought that looked like a slick contraption. But I need to build the bandsaw first to be able to cut out all those gears :)

I agree TheFridge – he uses them an awful lot, and there are a LOT of people out there already who have built his designs as well and seem quite happy with them. The clincher for me is that Matthias seems to prefer his home-made saws over his Delta 14” saw.

-- Bill - Western NY

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 06:04 PM

Not only that he uses the wooden one more, but he is a practical dude who uses what works best.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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