Gordon Millar's bandsaw buildGordon Millar has taken an extensive series of photos of his wooden bandsaw build from these bandsaw plans. He took many photos that I neglected to take of my build. Check out his flickr photo set of the build.
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[Matthias]: I find this an interesting technique for cutting out the circle. Straightforward enough, but there is the risk that the resulting hole is not round and may distort the outside ring of the bearing. This could cause the bearing to wear faster and/or run rough. Gordon reports that he hasn't had any problems with the bearings. Realistically, the bearings don't get stressed even close to their rated load or speed, so it's probably OK. But a circle cutter on the drill press would probably be better.
[Matthias]: A tenon jig would be ideal for this sort of cut. Clamping another piece of wood next to it to stabilize it is a good idea if you don't have a tenon jig. Though I would recommend clamping it to a much larger piece of wood laying flat against the table and fence to the right of the work piece
[Matthias]: Wish I'd done that when I built mine. I hadn't anticipated the possibility of the frame having a slight twist, so I had to correct it afterwards. Good thing I warn people about this in the plans!
[Matthias]: Ah yes, once the blade is running on the wheels, you know everything is going to work out! That was so satisfying when I built mine too!
[Matthias]: Cool alternative to the metal hook that I used