Homemade 16" wooden bandsaw

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Forum topic by crank49 posted 09-10-2010 10:19 PM 3003 views 2 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2010 10:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: homemade 16 bandsaw

This is a link to a Canadian website with plans for sale.
I am not promoting this saw or this site; but I was so impressed with this saw I did order the plans myself.

I plan to start building this as soon as I finish my workbench which is about 90% done. I’m thinking I’ll put a 1 hp or a 1-1/2 hp motor on mine and run it at about 2000sfpm. If anybody out there has any suggestions or comments I would love to hear them, especially if you know of a problem with this design or think I am crazy or something. Sometimes I know I get so wrapped up in things like this I don’t see problems that are obvious to someone else.

I would like to know if any other LJs have seen or heard about this, or built anything similar. Being an engineer this project really gets me going because it was so obviously well thought out and designed. The guy who designed and built it is a pretty impressive woodworker as well as designer.

Now if I could just find a similar quality homemade drum sander i could fill out my shop.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 10:53 PM

I’d consider sending him the $21 just to reward his ingenuity and creativity. Very, very cool.

It strikes me that using a variation of this design turned on its side with a longer blade, and some sort of basic track you would have the basis of your own bandsaw mill. Sort of like a cross between a true bandsaw mill and an Alaskan chain saw mill. Hmmm….

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 04:43 AM

Bunkie, I had the same thought. If the build goes well as I expect it to, I think I could increase the spread of the “C” frame by laminating in a couple of 1/4” x 4 steel flat bars using epoxy. I’d love to be able to mill my own timber. I own and live smack in the middle of 40 acres of woods. I have persimmon, walnut, beech, cherry, osage orange (bodock to locals), black gum, sweet gum, tulip (yellow) poplar, mullberry, red bud, dogwood, lynn, red oak, water maple, sycamore, hickory (tite and shag bark), etc.

Any of you “wanna be” timber guys out there ever think about building your own mill ? Is there money to be made in cutting, drying and selling wood on a small scale ? I know every woodworking hobbiest I ask where they get their wood, they all come back first with, “that’s a problem”.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 05:53 AM

WOW!!! That is a Real Piece of Work!!! If you could combine that with the one below you could add a “Green Label” to it….LOL….However I think I’d add a Guard to the Saw, right at the “Vitals Part” at the front of the seat, just in case the Blade Broke…..OUCH!!!!

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 05:56 AM

That is very impressive.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 09-11-2010 05:57 AM

He’s not the only one that’s done it. This guy does an excellent job with his plans & builds. He does testing in the process if needed.

I bought his plans for his box joint jig and marble machine two days ago. Very nicely drawn. I hsve the bjj about half built.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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