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Blog series by splintergroup updated 06-13-2016 09:10 PM 5 parts 22397 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Diving in

06-02-2016 07:24 PM by splintergroup | 6 comments »

I wasn’t going to blog about this since I hadn’t planned on doing so much to the saw, but as things go….. I had been wanting another bandsaw to complement my MiniMax 16. Usually when I do a project, I end up resawing some wood and also cutting shapes with templates on the router table. Though it only takes about 5 minutes, swapping from a re-saw blade to a blade appropriate for cutting curves gets real old. I wanted another saw that I could leave equipped with a small (1/...

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Part 2: The painting

06-06-2016 06:20 PM by splintergroup | 5 comments »

Well, a good weekend for making progress on the bandsaw refurbish has come and gone. It figures that my parts order has not arrived yet (I did get the blade guide bearings however). Anyway, plenty that can be done!. Painting: Saturday morning was perfect to set up outside for spraying, Temps were down, air was still.Nice thing about living in the sticks, I can paint outdoors without complaints. This should complete a repaint of all visible parts with the exception of a couple of smal...

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Part 3: Some electrical work

06-13-2016 05:12 PM by splintergroup | 0 comments »

Well, the refurbish is complete!Lots of photos and rambling so I’ll split the details up into a few more parts. Complete the motor wiring: The band saw base is sitting up on my dedicated workbench (the table saw) where everything is easy to reach. Funny how as one gets older they become adverse to lying on the floor in odd positions to work on things! To recap, the original motor was replaced with a swamp cooler motor with a different frame size and mount. The wiring was gettin...

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Part 4: Reassembly

06-13-2016 06:23 PM by splintergroup | 4 comments »

The saw cabinet is sitting on the mobile base that came with the saw and I have re-bolted the heavy cast iron frame to the base. First item is to get the motor V-belt drive aligned and tightened down. This means working on the floor and turning wrenches in fractional increments while getting into contorted positions (joy!). I’ll get this done first and get it over with. Lower spindle What I need first is a place for the upper pulley. This means I get to put the new bearings on...

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Part 5: Saw setup

06-13-2016 09:10 PM by splintergroup | 6 comments »

(Note: updated with tension spring info at the end) The saw is assembled and ready for adjusting all the parts that matter (to me!). The Blade Everything on the saw needs to be adjusted with respect to the blade. The table needs to be square to the blade, the guide bar needs to be square to the blade, the blade guides need to be set to the blade, etc. Step 1: Get the blade installed First thing is to install a blade. The saw had a 1/4” blade in good condition so I looped...

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