Pierre Faubert's bandsaw
Pierre Faubert writes:
IT WORKS!!! And quite well may I add.
I just finished building my bandsaw as per your drawings. Those
something else. I still cannot believe the detail shown!
I am totally satisfied with the result and it was a lot of fun to
Here is where I have deviated from the plans:
- The top wheel cover is hinged. The power switch is moved to the back to
- All the covers are held with rare earth magnets.
- I installed a trust bearing in the upper blade guide as in your
(thank you again for the drawings you kindly sent me).
- I modified the top wheel mount as per your
(much, much easier to fabricate).
- I used ebony for the blade guides (what I had on hand).
What gave me a hard time: the little bolt head holders in the
They kept on breaking on me.
The one-piece top wheel mount is certainly easier to make, but it's not foolproof
when setting it up, so I'm still not sure if it's an improvement. Making it really
wide, as you did, does help though.
My expenses were as follows:
|Pulley and belt||$68.10
|Bicycle inner tubes ||$11.48
The rest I already had on hand: 3/4 ply, maple blocks, 1 h.p. motor, and some paint and hardware.
I used one of those knock-down screws with a wing nut and washer to lock the blade slot. I
needed to do that because the table had twisted a little and would catch
the wood as I was cutting. I used a drilling guide for the 3/4 in.
Forstner bit, as the hole was cut after the slot was made. By clamping
the guide down, the bit did not wander.
That's my favourite mod for the bandsaw. Very clever!
Merci Mr.Wandel and keep coming out with more machines anyone can build.
Also see Pictures of Pierre's workshop
More about bandsaws
on my woodworking website.