Walnut Belt Guard

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-27-2019 12:25 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a guard I made for my newest addition to the barn shop- a 12” Craftsman band saw. I made it out of scraps of walnut I had laying abound and a piece of 1/8 walnut plywood. I doweled all the joints because they were end grain and added 2- 1/4”-20 threaded inserts for mounting to the saw.
It is finished with semi gloss lacquer.

I bought this saw for $25 at the A-Z Emporium where there was just about any thing from a-z for sale- like a flea market. He had this saw sitting outside in all kinds of weather and it was pretty rusty and had the paint peeling off all over- but it ran. I brought home all the cabinet parts and refinished them and LJ Rosepedal27 brought the top of the saw home in her truck ( Thanks so much Pattie !!).

The main alteration I made to it was to put the full front cover on a hinge so it would swing open and closed without having to take off 4 nuts, take off the full cover and put it somewhere when changing the blade.. I like swinging doors on bandsaws for that reason. I have to make some quick snap fasteners to replace the 2 nuts I still have to remove. I also put locking casters on it , new bearings , a new pulley and a new blade. It runs really quiet and cuts very good. I may make a fence for it at a later date.

Here are some shots of this saw:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-27-2019 12:57 AM

I don’t get it, why didn’t you just make a complete wooden housing for the saw ;-) Nice job Jim.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 01:40 AM

You did well with this project Jim. You didn’t want to paint the guard gray?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 05-27-2019 01:41 AM

Nice use of walnut scraps.

Now all you need to do is cut a hole in the lower half of the wheel cover and make a walnut adapter for a 4” dust collection port beneath the table.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 05-27-2019 02:32 AM

I like that! I’ve thought about making a box to set my band saw on, like Jerry mentioned- I have the same model. It would be nice to have enclosed storage. Also, if my sons ever spawn some grandchildren, I’d want those sheaves out of reach of little fingers.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 05-27-2019 03:45 AM

That most assuredly has increased the value of the saw several times over

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-27-2019 04:38 AM

Well done Jim. Good save

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 05-27-2019 04:38 AM

25 bucks, you lucky sob-lol.nice upgrade.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 05-27-2019 05:23 AM

Safety first, very well and interesting project

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-27-2019 11:58 AM

Nice work Jim, When there’s a need just make one! I had that same saw back in the 80’s.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 05-27-2019 12:35 PM

Well thought out Jim. I had a similar bandsaw you had to remove screws to get inside and yes it was a pain. Nice looking belt guard too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 05-27-2019 12:43 PM

Nice job, Jim. Great find and restore.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 05-27-2019 02:03 PM

My neighbor gave me the identical saw a few months back so I think I will borrow your idea Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 05-27-2019 02:22 PM

Not rusted anymore, looks great. 12 inch bandsaws are handy. I have a old beaver that I restored, cast iron, guess it was before they had aluminum and plastic. A friend was clearing things out for an estate yard sale, I traded him a 10 inch working cheap modern saw. It was working and sold OK. The Beaver had no motor and needed restored. Paint makes things look new, used it for awhile but was noisy, changed all the bearings and now it runs great. Solid great saw.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 05-27-2019 07:48 PM

A very GOOD buy for just $25!

My very First Impression when I saw the picture was… “OH, a wooden Tombstone!”

Then, I saw that it was a blade guard… to prevent it’s use as a Tombstone! LOL


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 05-27-2019 09:47 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m using that saw every day now!!

Hi Jerry. I had all the steel parts and the screws and nuts so I cleaned them all up and pit it back just like it was. It was a lot easier than building a wooden base and having to make a solid mount for the motor.

Hi Dark_Lightning, I will eventually close off the bottom. Along with keeping fingers out, the guard keeps amall cut off pieces from falling into the belt and pulleys,.

Hi Pottz. He wanted $30 but it looked so bad he took $25!

Hi Brian, paint sure changed the looks of everything!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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