My DIY Bandsaw - 4th Shopmade Woodworking Tool #5: The band wheels and initial success.

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Blog entry by Armand posted 06-14-2013 02:48 AM 80732 reads 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Working on the Tensioner Assembly Part 5 of My DIY Bandsaw - 4th Shopmade Woodworking Tool series Part 6: Final phase »

continuing on this project, i have already made the wheels out of used HDF materials from the doors of a broken cabinet. I fashioned out a quick jig for cutting the wheels on my table saw.

the simple jig on my table saw made of 1/4” playwood.

I made 4 wheels and cut away the inner circles of the two and attached them on the remaining wheels with glue and screws.

and tested them on the frame.

I have also made the crowns on the wheels using the same jig on my table saw. But in order to achieve the 5 degree taper I had to relocate the jig 1/8” away from its original position so the tilted saw blade will only cut the upper part on the first pass. Flipping the wheel over will complete the taper cut on both sides of the wheel.
The tire is made of industrial grade flat belt for flat pulley and glued on the wheels using contact cement.

Shown here being tested again with the blade and tire.

the front view, almost complete now..

the back..

and here’s the _VIDEO of the test run in Youtube.

more to come….thanks for watching.


-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#1 posted 06-14-2013 09:36 AM

That blade is tracking really well, Armand. Good progress.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 10:19 AM

Armand, you’re a genius. Great job!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 12:18 PM

Looking Great Armand!!
You are in the home stretch!
Table next??

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 12:38 PM

Thanks Martyn, Ed, and Mike.

Painting the body is next, then reassemble again before making the table, guide post, blade guides, and the cover. Still long way to go.

Happy Father’s Day this coming Sunday.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#5 posted 06-15-2013 03:58 AM

It’s great to see the success you’ve already achieved!
Eagerly awaiting further updates of your progress!!
Looking forward to “first cuts”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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