Homemade Band Saw #1: Getting started...

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 03-08-2013 06:10 PM 4110 reads 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been keeping my eye on WoodGears for a while now. I’d love to build all of his contraptions, but don’t have the time or the space at the moment. I’ve been wanting to build his bandsaw for some time now, and finally took the plunge. Plus I just got my tax refund back, and instead of buying an expensive bandsaw (a tool I currently do not own), why not just make one? I will try and keep the blog current and take as many pictures as I can. Hopefully most of the pics will be of good quality. I will be switching back and forth taking photos with my iphone and Cannon T3i. If you ever want specific pictures/video of something just let me know and I’ll see if I can capture it! Thanks for following along! Advice/comments always welcome!

I first printed out the 1:1 template of the frame, taped it all together, and glued it to a flat 3/4” piece of MDF.

I really want to make sure I get the frame nice and square, and with no twist, so i don’t have to muck with it after it is all glued up. I decided to make some 90 degree stops to tack down to the MDF to keep my frame from shifting during glue up and clamping. Having the template there makes it really easy to place the stops. I don’t have this part completed yet, but you can see my progress so far….

That is what I have done so far. Tomorrow, the wife and one of her friends are going to get pampered at the spa, so I hope to get some shop time to get all the frame pieces cut and possibly get started gluing up the first layer. The frame will be built out of SPF from Menards. I picked out some nice pieces, but will still square and plane them so they are all equal thicknesses, etc.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 06:14 PM

Of course…I forgot that you have to take pictures with the iphone in Landscape mode otherwise the pics will be flipped sideways. Wont let that happen again! :) Most of the pics will be taken with my Cannon T3i, but I didnt have that with me today. Here they are right-side-up.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 06:23 PM

Subscribed! I have the plans myself and have been waiting for a clear opportunity to begin!

-- jay,

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 06:46 PM

That’s a good idea to put the pattern on some MDF, and then tack some stops to that. I’m going to steal this idea when I get around to building mine.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 07:31 PM

Ive had the plans myself for over a year and havent startes..will tey to keep up with you..maybe can start myself. You grt his bigprint program as well? Im currently unsure how to print out the template, i need to ask mattias for a quick tutorial lol. Been saving cutoffs and scraps thinking they can be used for the frame.

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

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 10:44 PM

I’m looking forward to you next instalment.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 11:15 PM

i’ll be watching this, which model are you building?

-- Joel

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 01:02 AM

His latest improved version of the 14” band saw

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 01:05 AM

Justin – I have adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and was able to print to scale from there…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 02:06 AM

Look forward to your progress!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 12:21 PM

This will be a fun one to watch, thanks for doing this!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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