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I recently restored a 1952 10" bandsaw. It was pretty sad with a lot of rust, missing blade guards and just in need of lots of TLC.

When I was finished restoring, it ran very well but I was still left with the issue of missing blade guards. I decided to build new guards from wood.

Construction was simple: shallow open boxes with mitered corners rabbeted to hold 1/4" plywood for the face. The original standoffs that held the sheet metal guards were used to mount the new guards. All the wood was free - the sides were reclaimed from skids and the plywood came from shipping crates. A scrap of cherry from an earlier project went to the vertical guard between the bandsaw wheels. Everything was finished with a couple of coats of spar polyurethane for durability in the shop.

I still don't know what kind of wood it was that I reclaimed from the skid but it looks very nice finished. There is a closeup in the last project photo so if anyone can ID it for me…?

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I like your choice of hardware. Much safer now. Nice work!
 

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Good project for a nice old saw. That last pic looks like Beech to me.
 

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Nice job!!
 

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The saw is on a Delta stand but it would appear the saw is not a Delta. Is it a Sprunger Bros?
 

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Well done!!
 

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MedicKen my guess is it is a Delta Homecraft. The only think this is i have a delta homecraft and it looks very close…hard to tell without the original guards and please correct me if i am wrong.
 

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Very interesting… First time I have seen this done. Good save…
 

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The wood in the closeup looks like oak…...used in a lot of pallets. Nice reclamation project.
 

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Sorry, should have mentioned that. It is a Delta Homecraft 28-110 bandsaw. The motor is the original Delta 1/3 HP. My shop just wouldn't take a 36" monster bandsaw; this little 10" is just fine for me.

Beech? I'll have to see if there are any pictures on the web. Yep! Looks like beech to me. Thanks!
 

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YESSS! Hey engineer i was looking to get some new tires for mine, where did you end up getting yours from?
 

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Peachtree Woodworking. If it is the same saw you want the 10" X 3/4" orange urethane tires. No glue, they track very well.
 

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Thanks! it is the same saw…i wish i could find that same base that you have! mine is on top of a box that someone made before i got it.
 

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Great job! I am guessing that you got a lot of satisfaction in restoring an old pc of equipment? That's what I was thinking when I bought an old (maybe in the 50s) 24" Boice Crane monster of a scroll saw. It took two guys to pick the thing up! It had a broken hack saw blade on it and it is one noisy machine! When I tried to open the lower unit - to clean it out - about a quart of oil poured out. turned out, it is a lubricating chamber for the mechanism that pulls the blade up and down! What a mess! Got that cleaned up, with the rest of the machine to go. I'll probably give it a new coat of paint - how about hot pink? Never seen any machine in pink before and I don't have a problem with my masculinity, so why not? It'll raise eye brows for sure! Hee, haw! :D
 

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Naw! You probably don't want the base I have. At least not the way I got it. And, yes, I do get a lot of satisfaction restoring old tools.

You can find some before and after pics of the actual machine restoration over here
 

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I must say you have inspired me to fix mine up. Did you add new cool blocks? i looked at the manual and see that they take 5/16×5/16? I can't seem to find any that size though
 

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Naw, I used the same ones that came with the saw. Everything I've read says that the guides shouldn't really be touching the blade normally anyway. Now that I have it up and running, I may need/want some refinements as I put it to use.
 

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Nice job on replacing the covers on that old bandsaw.

If you can figure out a way of covering the exposed portion of the top wheel without interfering with the operation, that would be safer.

I know it's too late but if you could incorporate a dust collection port on the lower cover, that would really be good.

I might use your idea to made a lower cover on my bandsaw and add a dust collection port since mine doesn't have one.
 

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Naw, these guards cover as much as the originals did. I was more concerned about loosing/breaking the blade and having it fly into my face/body. In use you feed stock into the face of those guards.

I though about dust collection. It wouldn't be hard to drill a hole into the face of the lower guard and attach a fitting there for the dust vac. Now that it is running, let me get some time on it and see how much of a problem dust is.
 

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Nice restoration!

I used a thermostat housing from an old Dodge slant six engine for a sawdust outlet on the lower cover. It mounts flat, and is the right size for a small shop-vac hose. It gets the job done!!
 
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