Wooden bandsaw

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Project by Junado posted 03-13-2014 06:23 PM 8328 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here I am again with another one of Matthias Wandel’s machine ( the wooden bandsaw. I bought these plans in september last year and built the bandsaw over 2 months (october/november), then built the stand during the Christmas holiday between ski days.

I have to say, this was a challenging build, but oh so much fun. Sometimes, following plans and not having to figure out dimensions and such is very relaxing. I must confess, this was a complex endeavour and included many new things for me, the biggest of which was the ghetto-lathe rig to turn the wheels perfectly concentric. If you go to Matthias’ website, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Plywood edges were very tough on the gouge I was using and my rough cut was far from the final line, so I had a lot of material to remove. Voids in the plywood tend to catch the tool as well, so I had some scary moments, but thankfully no injuries.

As you can see from the pictures, the bandsaw is 95% wood. The frame is laminated from pine boards cut out of construction grade lumber and the rest is either plywood or hardwood (maple and wild cherry). The guards are also made of pine and some leftover 1/4” “mahogany” plywood (it’s sold as such, but is a 1/4” laminated board with a kind of fibrous, lightweight core). The blade guides are cumaru scraps, which is a very hard exotic wood and has held up very well to use.

I invested about 500$ into the saw, 40% of which went to the motor that I bought new (1 HP) and another 25-30% went to the hardware: bearings, hardened shafts, V-pulley and strap for the motor, eletrical, etc.). Except for the hardwood, I also bought all the materials new (pine and russian birch plywood), so I’m probably hovering at the high end of the cost for this machine. I’ve worked on an old 14” Delta bandsaw and as far as I can tell, this 16” machine performs at least as well if not better. I’ve used it mostly to cut curves so far, but have also resawn about 7” of cherry freehand and it performed flawlessly. I’ve still got a bit of vibration on the table when it’s running, but I know it’s coming from the V-pulley on the bottom wheel that is slightly off center. The enclosure of the saw is open on the bottom and most of the saw dust falls in the first drawer of the stand.

Overall, very happy with the machine and the build was a formidable learning experience. They say it’s not the final product, it’s the journey that counts and in the case of this build, I wholeheartedly agree.

-- Julien

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 06:29 PM

Always amazes me when folks make tools from scratch soo cool, I love it

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

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 07:43 PM

How on earth did you make a motor out of WOOD?!? :)

Kidding of course. Fantastic job!

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 08:33 PM

Wooden motor how silly!
Speaking of sillyness,

You could find a squirrel cage motor, take out the squirrel and fill the cage with termites, making sure none escape from the metal cage! and use them power it for free as the termites race around inside the cage generating electricity to power your saw as they are trying to find a way of sinking their teeth into your fantastic bandsaw.

Even more silliness!!

With some clever ducting you could regulate the sawdust delivery into the cage to encourage more work and hence vary the speed!

Good job well done.

You may wish to check out Matthias’s air raid siren, that was a scary build to watch !!

Better get some work done enough humour for today !

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 08:41 PM

great work, well done

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 09:11 PM

Nice build.
Last year I made also a Woodgears bandsaw and i,m very glad with it. My motor has a little to much vibration, but as for the rest it is a very fine machine!
I wish you many hours of sawing on your nice build machine!


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#6 posted 03-13-2014 09:34 PM

Way cool. It impresses me to no end when people make such a useful tool on their own. No less out of WOOD!

Great job!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-13-2014 10:34 PM

Thanks everyone ! I did try to make a wooden motor and have it run on magic, but for some reason I could not get it to start…

-- Julien

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 12:05 AM


-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 01:18 AM

Anyone can make a project by using a large power tool, but have made a large power tool as a project….. It will fit in nicely with your wooden tablesaw, jointer and planer.

Joking aside, nice work. Looks very functional.

Thanks for sharing

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 03:27 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done. Thanks for Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 11:06 AM

Very nice build Junado, and nice craftmanship also.


-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 01:24 PM

Simply Awesome! A video would be cool!

-- WoodCaper, Lower Cape Cod, MA

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#13 posted 03-14-2014 01:30 PM

It’s beautiful and amazing.

-- Good people with a good dream should have the opportunity to make it come true.

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#14 posted 03-14-2014 01:38 PM

@Caper absolutely, I will try and get a video tomorrow when I get some shop time. In the mean time, you can see most of the details from (including a few videos).

-- Julien

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#15 posted 03-14-2014 02:33 PM

Monumental accomplishment man! well done!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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