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

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


    Many more articles about bandsaws