Upgrading my 12" Delta bandsaw

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Forum topic by RHutch posted 06-30-2020 01:09 PM 186 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2020 01:09 PM

I want to increase the cutting height. I’m considering building this piece out of birch plywood, obviously I would have to make it wider, probably about 6”. I could also come up with something made of steel but I like and have the tools for working with wood so what ever I do will be made of wood. Ideas and suggestions are welcome. The goal is 9-12” cutting height for guitar backs and sawing the occasional log.

-- Hutch, Rhode Island

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#1 posted 06-30-2020 01:27 PM

If you are wanting to make a riser, I don’t see it working. I think wood would be too flexible to properly tension the blade. If there is no factory riser available, I think you will need a different saw.

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#2 posted 06-30-2020 01:41 PM

I think I want to build the entire thing out of laminated birch plywood. Hell they make structural beams like that. The pieces I have left from building a guitar mold tell me it’s very rigid. If it doesn’t work out I’ll sell it and get something better. Thanks for your input.

-- Hutch, Rhode Island

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#3 posted 06-30-2020 02:17 PM

You can certainly use wood to make the spine of a bandsaw, as Matthias Wandel at and others who have followed his plans have shown. Solid wood might be better than plywood because you know the direction of the forces. A challenge in adding to an existing saw is making a sufficiently rigid attachment to the metal parts. I can’t really tell from the photo if that is straightforward.

But if you think of the project as building yourself a saw from wood and parts of your existing saw, I’m sure that could work. The question is whether that sounds like fun, since it will be a significant task, and bandsaws of various sorts are available. You do want to be sure that your saw has sufficient power that it will work well when you finish.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#4 posted 06-30-2020 02:31 PM

Change of plans, I’m bringing it to my welder friend to see if he can do anything with it.

-- Hutch, Rhode Island

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#5 posted 06-30-2020 10:31 PM

Change of plans, I m bringing it to my welder friend to see if he can do anything with it.

- RHutch

If it’s grey cast iron and he knows what he’s doing, that may work although it can be tricky without getting cracks. Welding doesn’t work with ductile or malleable iron. If it’s cast steel, it will be easier to modify and maintain strength without cracking.

-- Darrel

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