|Forum topic by JamesVavra||posted 400 days ago||1255 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
400 days ago
I’ve got one of the old, 1980’s model 12” craftsman bandsaws that were very popular. It’s underpowered, undersized, and just kind of useless. I’ve been looking for a larger one on craigslist for over a year, and never seem to respond in time to the handful that get posted. I’d love to get a new Laguna, Rikon, Grizzley, etc. in the 16-18” category, but that’s just too much to spend right now.
I’m mostly a turner, so roughing out bowl blanks would be a primary use (and one that my current bandsaw fails at).
Matthias Wandel has a really nice set of plans on his website for a 16” model with about 10” or resaw capacity. I’ve got a spare 1HP TEFC motor, and it looks like the materials would be well under a couple of hundred dollars. I watch the video series of his 14” bandsaw build last night, and it doesn’t seem too complicated. The below images are from his website.
I’ve built one of the wooden bead making machines that have been fairly popular here, but this seems like a slightly more complicated animal, with a lot more room for failure.
Has anyone attempted a wooden bandsaw? Got any advice/pitfalls, etc?