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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 03-27-2014 11:01 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2014 11:01 PM

My band saw refurbishing project is progressing. Biggest problem right now is the fact that it is still too cold here in Michigan to do much out in the unheated garage to accomplish much. I am continuing to clean up parts that are small enough to take inside to clean up. My new bearings have been ordered and should be here tomorrow. Thanks of Lynne at Accurate Bearing.

That brings me to the part that I have a question on. The upper blade guard has a wooden blade guard that is badly cracked. I was going to glue it back together but there are too many slivers of wood missing. See photo.

Seems like I have seen metal guards that were on later models. If that be true will they fit on my saw and if so where can I find one? The other alternative is to make on myself out of wood. Would Poplar be suitable for this or should a harder wood be used?

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 03-28-2014 12:37 AM

That guard looks an awful lot like the one on my old Ridgid. Poplar should be fine if you choose to duplicate the wooden one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 12:44 AM

Thanks gfadvm. I went searching on Ebay and I did find a plasic on but it looks a bit different. So, unless I hear more I’m going to pass on it.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 01:10 AM

Fill it with Bondo and move on. I’ve got a 1934 delta in pristine condition with that same guard. I you need pictures or measurements let me know. I’d fix it if you can, or make another wood one. It just protects the guard. Poplar would work fine and I think thats what mines made of or oak.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 04:11 AM

I’ve restored a couple different bandsaws, and have used wood for the blade guard every time. Poplar will be just fine. The great thing about being a woodworker is making replacement wooden parts is easy. I’m getting ready to start a restoration on a 27” Chicago Machinery bandsaw from around 1905. It has no guards at all….wheels, blade, or otherwise, so I will be fabricating the guards all out of wood. I’m thinking of making this one look like a snowflake bandsaw.

-- Jeff Heath Heath Toolworks planes

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 12:37 PM

UPDATE: I glued up that part this morning and noticed there are some large chuncks missing from the bottom so I have decided to make a new one.

I did notice some screw holes in the top and what could be the same on the bottom. I looked at the one picture in my owners sheet that I got one line and noticed there are supposed to be metal half round clip things both at the top and bottom. I doubt that these are available any more. Any ideas on a way to use something else for these things?

I was thinking maybe electrical pipe clamps. Any other ideas appreciated.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#6 posted 03-28-2014 11:27 PM

I was going to ask what the heck was holding that guard in place!!! Pipe clamps/straps would probably work just fine.. they just need to be big enough to hold it on the wheel door posts. You could probably even get away with something like plumbers tape (metal strapping tape) and fab up your own. Here is the picture of what the originals look like:

And bondo works wonders for fixing cracks like you have.. heck, if you go and get some of the Minwax “High performance” wood filler, you will be getting nothing but a real expensive can of Bondo :) Slap it on, sand it smooth and after a coat of paint nobody will know the difference.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#7 posted 03-28-2014 11:49 PM

Thanks for the picture Brad. I am trying to think of some way to fabricate those top and bottom clip thingies that wrap around the posts that hold the covers on. I think I have some pieces of strap aluminum out in my garage and maybe if I can wrap them around a bolt or something of similar size. I’ll see.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 12:01 AM

Charlie, Those clips look a lot like the clips that hold conduit to walls, etc. Should be available in a lot of sizes. Here, I would go to an electrical supply to look.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 10:46 AM

gfadvm, I’m thinking that to conduit hold downs are going to be my best option.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 10:51 AM

Looking at this photo at the photo I posted above it has dawned on my that the way that guard is attached to the wheel cover it would be impossible to remove the cover with a blade on the saw. This must have been a rub-goldburg type of thing when the clips were lost or the blade guard broke.

I assume from that, that what holds that blade guard in position are the clips at the top and bottom. If I am wrong can someone enlighten me.

Charlie

EDIT: I was looking on Ebay to see if someone might have the clips for the wooden blade guard and found this ad:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-14-bandsaw-upper-blade-guard-left-side-/171253198915?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27df7c7043

Wonder how good it is. Has anyone else seen or used these?

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 04:38 PM

Here’s the info you requested

http://youtu.be/2l0nYBwjjF8

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#12 posted 03-29-2014 07:49 PM

bonesbr549, Thanks for the video. I gather you had the clips from your original guard. Those are what I am going to have to figure out. Mine were missing when I got the saw. PO screwed the top of the guard to the top saw cover. With it like that there is not way to remove that top cover when there is a blade on the saw.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#13 posted 03-29-2014 08:01 PM

Well If it were me, you could get some sheet metal and duplicate it and bend it around the post. I’m assuming you have the posts. Or you could do some wood setup. To be honest you could get some plexiglass and fabricte one as well. I’ll suggest you go over to the old wood working tool forum and register if your not already a member. Ask for it in the classifieds(bring out your dead) Good chance someone might have one in their parts bin.

http://www.owwm.org/viewforum.php?f=4

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#14 posted 03-29-2014 11:42 PM

I do have the posts. I have some thin aluminum flat stock in my garage seomwhere. If I can find it I’ll see if I can bend it. Otherwise I have some other metal too.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 12:32 AM

Bones, You went to a lot of effort to help Charlie! That’s what LJs is supposed to be about.
Good on you!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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