Shop-built bandsaw sawmill

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Blog series by Sodabowski updated 09-04-2017 11:02 AM 3 parts 7142 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: the plan

06-30-2017 08:23 PM by Sodabowski | 5 comments »

Hi guys, After visiting Les fils de J. George several years ago for the first time, my vision for a homemade bandsaw turned into something more sophisticated than the existing stuff. So I started making plans and brainstorming around the idea of the “Bandsaw Sawmill 2.0”. Seeing the “scie au bois montant” at George’s, which is a traditional saw cutting into a stepwise climbing chunk of wood, and which produces cuts of utmost quality without tearing the fibers,...

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Part 2: first welds and preparing the threaded rods - July 2016

06-30-2017 08:45 PM by Sodabowski | 5 comments »

Well for the first welds sorry, I forgot to take pictures. Long story short, I started by welding the two sides of the cutting head, those that will receive the threaded nuts for the blade height adjustment. After carefully stick-welding the nuts, some proper cleaning was in order, since the penetration is so high with stick-welding. By the way, I used 6061 rutile electrodes, which gave nice control and results, with little slag to remove. After that, I re-threaded the nuts to ensure a ...

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Part 3: mobile frame all welded up! - July-August 2017

09-04-2017 11:02 AM by Sodabowski | 6 comments »

Hi guys, The holidays have been a mix of cleaning, finishing the bedroom, and general sorting out of stuff, among which getting the workshop in more of a workshop state than it was so far! I also bought me some big boys machinery, namely a really big drill press (blue thing on the picture) and a XY table (the red thing on the picture), so now I have a metalworking mill for things to come. Here’s how I left the sawmill this time : This part of the sawmill build was so critical ...

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