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Project by Ivan posted 09-17-2020 09:51 AM 1014 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One old bandsaw I’ve bought from my friend for some 35$, I transformed to bandsaw. The reason is that, I had one already, made by myself, but it was deep only 16cm, distance to the arm, 11cm height. This one, now, has 32cm distance and 12cm height. The only change I made was to turn wider wheels, on lathe, to accomodate 22mm wide belt and made small zero insert. Also, I cut some excess parts with angle grinder to open/expose upper wheel. Metal support plate I mounted on upper side, to anable tilting table function. Works perfectly!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 09-17-2020 11:04 AM

Very good repurposing Ivan.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 09-17-2020 11:27 AM

Nice transformation to a sander, Ivan. You’ll find that little belt sander is very valuable in yor shop. I use mine all the time.

Cheers, my friend…...........Jim

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

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#3 posted 09-17-2020 11:51 AM

Thanks..I know, . I’m using my older, smaller for couple of years

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-17-2020 12:05 PM

Great idea Ivan, I may have to convert an old small bandsaw myself.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 09-17-2020 12:34 PM

Nicely done.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#6 posted 09-17-2020 01:08 PM

Great idea to to transform that into a sander. I had a old one and got rid of it. I could of did the same.

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

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#7 posted 09-17-2020 01:58 PM

great transformation ivan giving that old saw a new life.looks like your shop is really growing,nice and bright.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 09-17-2020 02:00 PM

Now you did it! Soon every old 3 wheel bandsaw will be turned into a sander. Good idea!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#9 posted 09-17-2020 02:28 PM

how is the tracking for this ?

at least you found a good purpose for these machines :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 09-17-2020 03:08 PM

Neat conversion maj.. but you’ll never balance a Čaša vina on that tabletop without super-glue,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 09-17-2020 03:45 PM

You are totaly right LBD….about ČAŠA VINA….hehehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-17-2020 03:47 PM

Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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

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#13 posted 09-17-2020 03:48 PM

GR8HUNTER…not sure I understand your question…’how is the tracking’’.... Belt was made with fabric base, so it is strong. Also it’s custom made (lenght and width) by company which made those sanding stuff. Further , grit on those wooden wheels is very good….I hope I answered what you asked…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 09-17-2020 04:11 PM

Nice conversion! Those saws can be found cheaply and are perfect as a narrow belt sander.

GR8 was interested in how the belt tracking does as I assume you had to put a slight crown (curve) onto the wood wheels.

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#15 posted 09-17-2020 04:14 PM

Splintergroup….yes….wheels has slightly rounded shape, they are not flat. Bottom wheel has also one ’’undergroove’’ for rubber belt, connecting power.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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