Bandsaw #1: Woodgears 16" Wooden Bandsaw

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Blog entry by SirSeth posted 02-05-2013 02:27 AM 3130 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This tool will be quite a large undertaking for novice ol’ me, but I’m poor and have a pile of cherry and walnut logs in my carport that need to be resawn into dream guitars and heirloom furniture (in my head). I’m just starting the journey, so be patient. I have a 15 month old son and a lovely wife that take precedence. When I’ve had it with one of them, I seek refuge in my man cave and work on my saw. So if this takes a while you know we are all getting along over here. If I finish it this month, we are about to kill each other.

Plans: So folks. Just go to and check out Matthias’ videos. You might end up building a saw too. :) The plans are worth every penny. They are magnificently detailed, with lots of pictures and CAD diagrams, and Matthias will answer your questions.

Modification of plans: We try things. Well, I am going to raise the frame by 7cm so that it fits a 111” blade rather than the 105” blade that the saw was designed for. Call me crazy, but I want to make a large out feed table and sled for sawing logs. I’ve been warned, I know, but I have to try it.

First pieces for me are the guide blocks. I was still scrounging for wood for the larger parts when I started these. The guide blocks are Bloodwood. It’s the hardest wood I have besides some ebony which which I’m saving for guitar bridge blanks. Wood is measured in Janka units. (not Jenga—that’s a game made of wood). As a reference, pine is about 400 on the Janka scale. Hard Maple is about 1400. Bloodwood is 2900. Use the hardest wood you’ve got for guide blocks.

Next step is to cut frame pieces and rough out the wheels. I scrounged an old wooden cabinet that was being tossed which has given me enough wood to laminate the entire frame. What a find! I love it when that happens. 40 of the pieces are cut. (There are about 70 in in the frame total).

More later….

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 05:15 AM

Well Seth, this sounds like a fun project indeed sir. Wish I had walnut & cherry laying around.

I’m building the Pantorouter right now, well actually it’s done aside for the clearcoat drying tonight and building some templates. Have a couple router bits on order as well.

I’m definitely going to keep an eye on your progress, good luck with it!

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 08:31 AM

This is one my list if to do, hope i can get to it soon!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 11:38 AM

Bravo, I’ll have to look up what a pantorouter is. Good work on the build.

Justin, I went through a long spell (years) of building nothing and I’m just relieved to be back now that I have a little space set up to work in. Best of luck on your projects.

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 06:01 PM

Good Luck. Have you seen his you tube videos? Clever guy. He modified the band saw to cut logs! Needs a heafty motor. Minimum 2 hp and 220 volts?

I have fantisized about doing my own milling. I’ve a few maple logs from our tree that was pruned. Also have a landfil nearby that often has beautiful free logs! You have the material already, and time. Have you considered a chainsaw mill? Less expensive, but requires some physical stamina. ( I’m a little woosie these days…LOL)

Oh yeah my wife and our city would’nt appreciate a larger bandsaw mill in my yard.

All the best wishes on your journey.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 04:36 AM

Hey thanks Thomas. Yeah, his youtube videos are swell and the guy is clever. I’ve also read some of his writing about other topics. He’s an interesting guy.

Of particular interest was the band mill conversion that he did. I don’t have experience milling or resawing wood. I’m keen to try. I’ve done a lot of reading about it though and I hear band saw blades have too many teeth per inch for sawing wood over 10” or so. The gullets fill up with sawdust and cause the blade to wander and do weird things. Still, I want to try and see what I can get away with. Real saw mill blades have less than 1 tooth per inch and large gullets to clear away the sawdust. They also are constantly lubricated and have large gas motors typically. I figure I’ll not be pushing 12” through very often so going real slow might work for those occasional times. No matter if it doesn’t go well, I’ll still have a ball and a great band saw for everything else. ;)

I have a chainsaw and I’ve considered a chainsaw mill setup. I’ve also thought about making my own band mill after learning about saw making with this upright band saw. We’ll see. It might be cheaper and easier to collect a bunch of logs and take them to a local saw mill and have em cut.


-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 08:48 AM

Check this out. Fairly good ratings. Need a rip chain.

There is a good older book on bandsaws that discusses the flex, cutting speed and teeth per inch.

Some folks do it all, but there is a total investment required. Met someone who bought a mill and a forklift before retirement. Now has buildings full of slabs.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 03:59 PM

Here’s a link to my recent build:

It’s a really fun project, and the bandsaw functions very well.

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