Homemade Bandsaw Build

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Blog entry by AlexHarris posted 08-12-2011 01:29 PM 14085 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJ!

So a few weeks back I posted some mid-project photoes of how my bandsaw build was going and although it is not entirley finished and still needs little extras like a coat of paint, a stand and a fence I can now show you the fully working and (built bandsaw).

Heres a quick video showing the build process… Enjoy!

Its been a great project and I hope to soon post another video showing it in all of it glory.

-- Alex -

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 03:08 PM

Alex, Great work. Awesome project. Curious as to how the wooden blade guides hold up.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 03:15 PM

What a fine job you have done on that saw. It should give you years of service.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 10:59 PM

is this from mathis wandel?

-- Ben L

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#4 posted 08-12-2011 11:08 PM

Yes this is his design. I don’t usually follow plans and looking back it may have been easier but it was nice having the support considering I havn’t built somthing like this before.

-- Alex -

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 02:06 AM

Outstanding… appears your new saw likes to resaw logs…..I feel there will be some new turning projects in your near future…..a nice bowl perhaps.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#6 posted 08-13-2011 02:58 AM

Really cool. Its neat to see someone else make Mathis’ saw. I look foward to seeing the project complete.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#7 posted 08-13-2011 06:08 PM

I would have been over the moon if I had been capable of building such a project at your age Alex (or maybe at any age). What a great build! This bandsaw should give you good service for many years to come. Congratulations on such an impressive achievement! The video was well done too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-13-2011 08:47 PM

Most excellent Alex. I love the picture of you standing on the frame. It really shows how strong this design really is. I too have considered building this bandsaw. Perhaps down the road. Again, great job.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 01:01 AM

we have to baw to the dust for you doing this in your age
great work :-)
thank´s for sharing Alex

take care

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#10 posted 08-16-2011 09:12 AM

Well done I like it, I use wooden blade guides, and use the hardest wood available and have not had a problem when they wear down I just move them along

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#11 posted 08-18-2011 02:26 AM

Nice job alex!

Keep us all posted on how well this. Mathis has had his quite a while and it seems to be going strong.

-- Chuck

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#12 posted 08-18-2011 02:40 AM

Super job Alex.

I got those plans last year and now I am going to have to actually get moving.

Did you builtt exactly to the plans?

I’m thinking of making it about 3” taller.

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#13 posted 08-18-2011 11:37 AM

I built it pretty much to the plans. Although that ideaof extending the frame is pretty nice. You would need to make no other alteration to the rest of the design apart from the length of the blade.

(I am a little gelous now…ha!)


-- Alex -

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#14 posted 08-21-2011 01:36 AM

Great build on that bandsaw. Don’t forget to sign and date it!! You’ll be able to show it to your grand kids someday and they will be really impressed!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 08-21-2011 09:41 AM

Very cool Alex! Looks like you put it through some pretty tough paces and it worked like a champ. What was your cost like to build it yourself?

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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