Homemade bandsaw

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Project by wooder999 posted 09-02-2014 12:24 AM 4572 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built myself a 16” bandsaw from scrap 2×6 lumber. I didn’t really need one as I already had a store baught 14” bandsaw. Just wanted to see if I could actually make one. Turns out this bandsaw is better, runs smoother and is more accurate that the old one. I like it so much I gave my old one away to my father inlaw. The motor is a 1 1/2 hp I had given to me by my father inlaw. Dust extraction is from the back at bottom and it removes abouts 95% of saw dust from inside the guard. Blade guard opens in one piece and is held closed by a magnet.

The fence is from American wood worker and is adjustable to accomodate blade drift if nescessary. Haven’t had to use that feature yet.

Spent under $200 to build.

Got the plans from Mathias Wandel at Easy and straight forward plans.

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 12:56 AM

Very impressed! I have thought about doing this many times. I have a older 12 inch that does pretty well for most so I haven’t made it a priority. Hopefully when I do, it will turn out as well as yours. Thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 03:26 AM

is this woodgears design? It looks similar, but different. Just wondering – as I’m building one right now!
Yours looks great! I’m excited to get mine up and running!

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

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 03:53 AM

That is very, very impressive.

Two sentences I don’t think I’ll ever write, “I didn’t really need one as I already had a store bought 14” bandsaw. Just wanted to see if I could actually make one.”

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 04:48 AM

Inspiring. I’ve wanted to build one for a couple years but haven’t started yet.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 09-02-2014 12:59 PM

Looks like a great machine. I quite like that you built it just to see if you could. Why not try to impress the one that is hardest to impress- yourself.. Am sure you will get at lot of use from that machine.
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 09-02-2014 01:44 PM

Looks great. Making something just for the heck of it is what being a wood hobbyist is all about isn’t it. At the same time you gain experience and knowledge for bigger and more difficult projects. To not test yourself shows a lack of wanting to improve yourself.

Charles, you should check out the woodgears site and his 3 bandsaws he has made and why.

Very nice bandsaw.

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#7 posted 09-02-2014 03:34 PM

Looks great! Good job that it runs better than your old one.
You’re out of luck if you have a beef with the manufacturer though. ;-)

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#8 posted 09-02-2014 03:52 PM

M’Gosh…that is awesome. Nice work!

-- Ed

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#9 posted 09-02-2014 04:41 PM

That looks well built and very useful. Wish I had one in my shop, might have to build it someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 09-02-2014 05:14 PM

Very nice work, came out great. Glad you’re happy with it, guess so is the F-I-L, who got the other one.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 09-02-2014 09:03 PM

Very impressive. How long did it take you to build?

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#12 posted 09-02-2014 10:17 PM

Nice job!! I hope to build a edge sander someday.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#13 posted 09-04-2014 08:38 PM

That’s slick, sharp and brilliant! Your band saw looks amazing. What a fine build.

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