Safety notes

Although a bandsaw can appear to be a safe machine, a running bandsaw can cause considerable injury.

Although care was taken in the design of this bandsaw, no two shop-built bandsaws will be strictly identical.

It is assumed that the builder is skilled in woodworking. This should not be your first woodworking project. It is also assumed that the builder is already familiar with the safe operation of bandsaws. cannot be held liable for injuries that you may incur with your bandsaw.

Some safety tips

  • Other than the usual risk of cutting into your fingers, another possibility of injury with this bandsaw is that the incomplete bandsaw may tip over, especially while it's running. The bandsaw, without the table support mounted is somewhat tippy, and it is advisable to clamp it down or clamp some boards to the frame to prevent it from tipping over.

  • When installing a blade, always turn the wheels for a few turns manually until the blade has settled in a particular position before turning on the motor.

  • If you are unsure the first time you put a blade on the bandsaw, it may be advisable to put the blade on the saw backwards, that is, with the teeth facing the saw, not the operator. Move the blade guides out of the way before doing this.

  • When milling logs, be sure to wear solid footwear, preferably steel toed boots. It is always tempting to steady the log with one's feet, so solid footwear is important.

  • Do not use with motors of more than 2 HP. The saw's ability to stall is an important safety feature when operating as a sawmill.