Lee Zimmer's bandsaw
Lee Zimmer writes:
I am one of your many fans and your website is my favorite. I decided last year to attempt to build some of your creations. The first thing I built was your 16" bandsaw. It didn't wind up looking like yours exactly. I built the frame from old barn rafters and the rest from glued up oak pallet wood pieces. When it was finished I liked the look of the exposed wood so much, especially the wheels, I couldn't cover it up so I just built modified blade guards.
Thanks Matthias, I have wanted a woodworking shop for a long time. Now that I have one I can enjoy the remainder of my retirement populating it with your creations.
The reason I used solid oak wheels is because that is the material I had on hand and it was free. One of the things that impresses me about you and your approach to woodworking is your attitude towards simplicity and economy of resources. Being retired, I am all for those things. It is fun to build a useful tool or jig from scavenged materials.
Your point about seasonal expansion and contraction of my solid wheels is well taken. However, I had the foresight when we built our home and shop to heat it with radiant floor heat. My shop temperature stays between 60°F and 75°F year round so I think that may mitigate the potential shrinkage and expansion problem a little.
The frame is made from resawn pine barn rafters. The remainder of the parts including the wheels are made of oak pallet wood. I used 5/8" diameter flange bearings for the wheels.
The tooth brush saw dust remover is low tech but it works. The belt guard, and guard around the bottom wheel is made from 3/16" plywood. The stand is made from more of the barn wood and the 3/16" plywood. The saw just free stands on its base. I still need to build a drawer to catch the sawdust and another one or two drawers for storage in the base.
Lee also posted about the project on lumberjocks.com: