Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build #9: Completion!

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-29-2016 02:01 PM 5377 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last steps in this project didn’t take too much time. First, I attached the front top panel to the two hinges. Next, I attached a guide support made from two 1/2” plywood pieces to the rear upper wheel cover. This piece also has two hanger bolts to mate with holes in the front upper wheel cover. There are also two thumb nuts and bolts for adjusting the blade guide. The blade guide fits over these bolts and can slide up and down by loosening the nuts. I next screwed the metal blade guard to the support column. The last step was to make a baseboard; I used a 2×6 pine board and dressed it up before gluing and screwing in down. This project in now complete. With that said, should I stain and seal it? Not sure at this point. I’m looking forward to tuning this machine up and putting it to use!

Couldn’t resist putting on a final touch for bragging rights!

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 04:31 PM

Very interesting build and well done. Just waiting for the moment of truth when you turn it on.

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 04:42 PM

Nice job, Jeff! What’s next? Painting? Putting it on a wheeled stand?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 07:14 PM

I’m thinking about staining/sealing it since I used oak and oak plywood. Comments? I decided not to use a mobile base at this point; the saw is not as heavy as cast iron models and I’d like to see how it performs fully flat on the concrete floor first. I’ll likely put the saw through it’s paces some time this week and will provide info on what I learn.

As for next projects, I was fortunate enough to be given a 1970’s vintage Gil-Bilt belt sander kit/plans this month…going to give that a go next. For what it’s worth, building your own tools is incredibly satisfying…and fun.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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