|Forum topic by harriw||posted 06-19-2015 03:36 AM||747 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-19-2015 03:36 AM
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