Sean Guikema's bandsawSean Guikema writes:
Recently finished the bandsaw and I would like to thank you for the great plans. They were easy to follow yet very detailed. This saw works perfect.
I already have a 14" bandsaw but wanted a bigger one that could resaw a much wider board than 5 1/2 inches. I have already resawed a 10" beechwood log and a 10 1/2 inch ash log and it cut flawlessly.
I did make a few changes to the wheel mounts (since I couldn't drill a perfectly straight hole with my drill press). I made split wheel mounts which are screwed together with 5/16 screws (so far no problems with them loosening).
I made them on the router using a 1" core box bit and routering two halves (top and bottom). This pic is only the test piece. I didn't take one of the actual mount. The split wheel mounted easy when I was trying to align the wheels, as I could loosen the screws move the shaft and retighten.
Made the wheels on the router by making a jig that would hold the shaft exactly 8" from center of shaft to router bit (used 1 1/4" router bit). To put the 5 degree angle I just tilted the router and spun the wheel, flipped the wheel, and spun again. Yes the tilting router lift is also from your site (thanks for that also as it works awesome and was cheap to build).
I also made the wheel and blade cover as one piece on a hinge. It has two earth magnets that hold it closed. I find this quicker and easier for changing blades.
I used a 1 1/2 HP (1750 rpm) motor I got for free. Figured I had the horsepower to put bigger pulley on so put a 5" pulley on motor and the wheel pulley is 11 1/2 ". Cuts really nice and no loss of power.
I also made the motor mount adjustable but routering slots in motor mount with my mortiser (Yes another shop tool designed by you).
Also made a cord holder and put a handle on it so I can easily push it around in my shop. All my tools are on wheels as space is limited.
I love the cabinet it sits on (cut box joints on this bandsaw to make them). I now going to make all new cabinets for all my tools and will be cutting the box joints on my mortiser.
Thanks again for the great plans.