Bandsaw #2: Preparing the Frame

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Blog entry by SirSeth posted 02-07-2013 02:35 AM 2126 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Woodgears 16" Wooden Bandsaw Part 2 of Bandsaw series Part 3: Well, it's never too late to continue a project. »

I don’t usually pray for wood, but with finances tight and a penchant for “up-cycling”, I mentioned it to the Ol’ Boy. A few days later the bread shop down the street pulled out a bunch of 2×4” and wooden shelving from their warehouse. The manager let me haul it all away.

The shelving is 3/4” softwood that was screwed together. The total amount of good wood is just the amount needed for the entire frame. I also hauled away the 2×4s and 3/4” plywood needed for the bandsaw stand and wheels. Oak and maple pallets completed the deal and should work for some of the other pieces. Thanks Man.

I’ve cut all the large pieces for the frame members. There seems to be about 250 of them (~70 in the frame in reality). The ShopSmith and miter saw were cooking. Folks, buy a respirator. Why didn’t I do this sooner? I’ve been planing the paint off the boards with my #8 jointer and #3 smoothing plane. Jointer is best, but using both keeps me from having to sharpen as often. Good for the triceps and back that’s for sure.

Because I’m increasing the height of the frame, the main vertical support is getting an extra 2cm on the frame width. I don’t think it will mess anything up to add a little bit of vertical rigidity.

And here is a shot of the frame in pieces.

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

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Rex B

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 03:08 AM

It’s great to hear you’re making progress. I have purchased the bandsaw plans, and will build it eventually, so I’m totally jealous right now.

-- Rex

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 01:31 AM

Rex, I think this is going to take me a good while to complete. Frankly I’m terrified that I’ll just peter out with a half bandwas bandsaw. Posting about it helps me keep my motivation up. I’ve set a goal of getting something done on it each week. Good luck with your build.

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

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