Wooden 16" Bandsaw

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Project by TheWoodYogi posted 03-19-2017 09:03 PM 2152 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my build of the 16” wooden bandsaw from Matthias Wandel’s plans. I have a list of future projects as well as the renovation of an old wooden house to keep this machine busy.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 09:12 PM

Very impressive….let us know how it works.

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 09:31 PM

Hi Redoak49, It is working great :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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#3 posted 03-19-2017 09:49 PM

Great job!!!!!

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 03:18 AM

WELL THAT is impressive!

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 04:05 AM

Most impressive, how long did it take to build?

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 07:21 AM

Again one of the most home made bandsaws. You will have a lot of benefit from it. And also building I supose was having fun?


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#7 posted 03-20-2017 08:21 AM

Good job! One of these days, I would like to build this saw, too. It’s on the list of a million other things I’d like to build. I usually don’t like to paint wood, but in your case, I’ll make an exception, especially since the Michigan Wolverines moved on to the sweet 16.

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 09:53 AM

Nice work.It would certainly be very good to work with.I wanted to do well by Mathias, but I eventually bought an old cast-iron machine.

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 10:16 AM

Awesome built and very brave of you to dive into such project. Lovely colours.

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 01:36 PM

It’s a very nice shop built machine. You really did a nice job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 04:13 PM

Beautiful work!

I have a friend who built the same one and I tried it. Works beautifully, every bit as well as my big Walker Turner cast iron 16” bandsaw. Have fun!!!

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#13 posted 03-20-2017 08:39 PM

How fun! Would love to hear how many hours it took—and I’ve always wondered how much it would cost to do something like this—hundreds of dollars?

Though I understand that the primary motivation might not be to save money—I do wonder how much the wood and parts end up costing…. Any idea what you spent?

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#14 posted 03-20-2017 09:32 PM

I made the frame 1 year ago and put the project on hold due to a lack of time, but the frame only took a weekend and it was made from reclaimed wood. I finally have the time to work on my list of projects, so I built the wheels over 1 weekend and the rest of the parts around 2 hours per day over a week, so not a long time at all. The entire build could be done in about 1 week if all material is at hand. Much of this build was done with hand tools. The motor was the most expensive part.

Motor 80 euro
Baltic Birch Plywood 26 Euro
Blade 10 Euro
Bearings 20 Euro
Hardware 5 Euro
Switch and cable 8 Euro
V-Belt 6 Euro
Wood Glue 8 Euro
Total cost 163 Euro

It works really well, much better than i expected and is quiet. The best advantage to me is knowing every part of the machine and that spare parts are easily made. No need to hunt for or wait for spares or pay a premium price for them. If anyone is thinking of building this machine I can highly recommend it and the plans are easy to follow.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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#15 posted 03-21-2017 05:15 AM

Sweet. I was thinking about building one then someone gave me a 14” on indefinite loan.

-- Rick M,

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