Making the 26" bandsaw frame
So far I built the wheels for my new bandsaw and tried a blade on them.
The wheels are close together for their size, with less than 40 cm between them. But I figure that should leave enough space for a reasonable amount of resaw height. It's the same distance between the wheels as on my 20" bandsaw
The reason they are this close together is to not make the machine so tall that it won't fit through a doorway.
I finished those cuts on my 16" bandsaw, which is now over ten years old
I'm trimming them together on the jointer to make sure they are smooth and consistent with each other.
I always used lots of glue and clamps to make sure I have a fully bonded joint. I only applied glue to one side, figuring that sliding the other piece back and forth a bit will spread the glue on both. Then clamping it with lots of clamps.
I wanted to be sure the glue was really dry before taking the clamps off. Any force I applied to get the joints fully closed needs to be taken up by the glue once the clamps are removed, so I wanted it to be set good.
Not being able to work mornings or evenings because of kids, this meant I could only do two glue and clamp cycles per day, so the glue-up stretched out over several days.
Using the last of the four big triangles to cut a 2x6 at an angle to make pieces that extend the top and bottom horizontals past the triangles. This wasn't a very safe arrangement. I recommend cutting these angles with a taper jig or with a bandsaw instead.
Between adding layers, I always went over the glue lines to clean up an dried up glue squeeze-out. I also shaved down any slight step there might be. Though on this glue up, I didn't have to resort to using a hand plane to even things out.
On my previous bandsaw builds I had small triangles as gussets between the horizontal and vertical beams, with alternate layers protruding about 3 cm into the post and the horizontal part to get a better joint. But with the layers twice as thick on this one, such a small overlap wouldn't be enough. So this time I decided to extend the triangle gussets all the way through the post and horizontal members to get more glue area. That makes the diagonally grained gusset the main structural member.
I left some of the pieces a bit long with the intention of trimming them all together later. My thought had been to do that with a circular saw, but rolling my bandsaw along the frame was easier and less risky.
These bandsw frames are always a bit tippy stood up, especially this one because I didn't make the legs wider on the bottom. I haven't quite decided how the bottom of this will be when it's done, but being able to stand it up will be handy for working on other parts in the mean time.
As it turns out, it just fits through this door now, but the enclosure and crank will add more height. I designed the saw to still fit through a door when completed, but this door is less than standard height.
20" bandsaw frame (previous bandsaw)