Homemade Band sawmill #6: Blade guide upgrade/modification

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Blog entry by geekwoodworker posted 11-07-2014 09:19 PM 12952 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After cutting about 13 logs I realized that my blade guides were the weak link in cutting straight boards as I kept getting blade drift when cutting through knots. So I decided to double the bearings to better support the blade. I also changed the bearing holder to a peice of aluminum. The aluminum is 8mm thick so it is nice and strong. I cut the aluminum with my table saw and put adjustment slots in them with my slot mortiser. I used an old router bit of course and slowed down the router to about 6000rpm.

Now it works great and cuts through knots without blade drift.

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 10:14 PM

Nice solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-08-2014 12:03 AM


Thanks for posting the problem and the fix. By the time I can get around to building one you will have all the kinks worked out and you will be an expert resource. LOL! Nice fix!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 12:04 AM

Mathias will be envious. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-08-2014 10:53 AM

thanks guys. I now have about 400 bdft of lumber with more to come in the spring. The cost of the wood would have been much more than it cost to build the sawmill. And I have wood I couldn’t buy at lumbermill.

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