Yet Another 16" Homemade Bandsaw

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Project by DBuonomano posted 09-09-2014 02:30 AM 6551 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last couple of years I’ve seen several of these 16” Wooden Bandsaws here on LJ’s based on Matthias Wandel’s plans. About a year and a half ago, I started building my own… it took about 6 months to finish a little at a time, and then another year to finally paint it. Well last night I finally finished painting and putting it back together and can finally post my completed bandsaw.

The design is great, it’s frame is extremely strong and durable. It’s runs smoothly and let’s me do everything from tight curves with a 1/8” blade to resawing up to 11” logs with a 3/4” blade. I built a simple stand to roll it around the shop, but haven’t quite finished the drawers for the cart yet…

A few more pictures of the assembly:

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#1 posted 09-09-2014 04:30 AM

This is fantastic! Nice job!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 01:12 PM

Nothing better than using a tool you have built! Looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 01:28 PM

That’s a hellofa project. Well done.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 09-09-2014 01:37 PM

Thanks for the feedback! It is fun every time I go to use it and remember that I actually built it!

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

How much would you say this cost if you had to put a ballpark on it. I would love to build one since I don’t have a bandsaw, but not if it’s going to cost me nigh what a manufactured one would.

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 02:51 PM

Looks good, but in the time it took you to build this, I completed 8 projects with my store purchased bandsaw. Sorry, it gives you a good feeling but I just don’t see its practicallity.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 09-09-2014 03:10 PM

ohwoodeye – I hear you, this started as more of a “can I do it” and fun project than practical one. My shop time about relaxing and enjoying my hobby… not so much productivity.

MattIsBuffalo – Building this was definitely cheaper than buying a comparable one, especially when you take it’s resaw capacity into consideration. I spent about $250 – $300 building it, but I couldn’t find a used motor and didn’t have any of the wood on hand for the frame so that’s where the majority of the money went. Here’s an approximate breakdown of the costs:

1.5HP Motor: $125
Assorted Hardware (bearings, belt, screws, etc…): ~$50
Lumber: ~$70
Formica: $20

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 06:17 PM

All I can say is WOW!!!!!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 09:24 PM

Must be a fun build! Enjoy your home made band saw.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 11:53 PM

Another quality Matthias bandsaw build. I plan on building one sometime in the not-too-distant future. Did you make your measurements in metric or SAE? I know the plans come in metric, but all of my tools are calibrated for SAE. If you used inches, was it hard to convert? Just wondering which way I should go. I have a metric tape measure, but besides that it’s all inches for me.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#11 posted 09-10-2014 12:21 AM

You can get plans converted to imperial units.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 09-10-2014 01:01 AM

Thanks for all the feedback!

I actually just worked in the metric units that the plans came in. SketchUp will convert everything for you by just changing one setting but it was just easier to work in the units it was designed in. I’m in Connecticut, so I use imperial units here… it took some getting used to but I saw the genius behind the metric system after a while. Especially in an engineering/mechanical implementation like this project.

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#13 posted 09-10-2014 01:06 AM

I’d really like to build one of these. I’ll be getting the plans shortly. I’ve got a few questions.
1: Approximately how many board ft does it take?
2: I notices that you placed several screws in the frame from the rear, is this per Woodgears design?
3: How easy was it to allign?



-- For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

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#14 posted 09-10-2014 01:48 AM


I’d definitely recommend building one of these, it’s a really fun and satisfying project! To answer your questions:

1. The plans give you a very specific shopping list for the materials you’ll need. If I remember right, I bought: – 6 or 7, 1” x 6” pine boards (from the big orange store) – 1/2 sheet of plywood – a few board feet of hardwood

2. The screws were only there because I didn’t have enough clamps to clamp an entire layer of the frame at once. So I clamped and then screwed about half of the layer at a time, and then moved the clamps to the other half of the layer. The most important thing about this method is to remove the screws before you add a second layer. You’ll need to drill through the frame at a few points and really don’t want to hit one of these screws!

3. You really need to pay attention to the alignment throughout the whole build. My advice is to keep checking the frame for squareness at each layer of the frame. Then when the whole frame is glued up, check closely for any twisting before you even think about mounting the wheels. If your frame is properly aligned the wheels will be easy.

Good Luck!

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#15 posted 09-10-2014 08:53 PM

Excellent build! I could never make my own band saw.

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