Homemade bandsaw (version 2)

This project started when people started asking me about plans for my original bandsaw (version 1). I didn't want to give people plans for that one, because I already had ideas for how to build an even better one.

This second bandsaw is a 16" bandsaw. I chose that size because that's the largest I could go while still using a 105" blade. 105" blades are used by 14" bandsaws with riser blocks, so that length is very commonly available and in stock at most woodworking stores.

A few ideas made this bandsaw possible:
  • Wood beam frame, laminated from boards
  • Integrated pulley on the lower wheel
  • The use of innertubes as bandsaw tires
  • Truing the wheels while spinning on their own bearings


  • More details about building this
    bandsaw in the bandsaw plans

    See also:

    Buy the plans
    for this bandsaw

    See the specs

    Reader built
    bandsaws

    Building my 14" bandsaw
    (bandsaw version 3)
    Building bandsaw 1
    (My first homemade bandsaw experiment)
    My big 20" bandsaw
    (My 4th homemade bandsaw)
    How crowned pulleys work
    (blade tracking)
    The physics of bandsaw resawing (Why blades
    can drift)


    Many more articles about bandsaws