Manos Smith's bandsaw
Manos Smith writes:
I send you some photos of my almost complete bandsaw based on your plans.
I have used 15mm shaft and paired 15mm inner diameter
bearings because I had them before I started the project.
The frame was made from old pine door frames that I already had. I had to resaw it
into 16mm lumber with a friend's 16 inch bandsaw.
All hardwood came from old chairs that people throw out as garbage.
Mainly it was beech. I had to glue some pieces to make bigger pieces.
The top wheel mount block was made with laminated beech.
I made a temporary and smaller table during the construction. At the end I replaced it with a normal size table and added an aluminum L-profile with a wooden spacer at infeed side, on which the fence can slide and lock in place.
The enclosure was made from 6mm and 16mm MDF that I have collected
from wood stores that throw out pieces they don't need.
I made enclosures the way the plans suggest, but I didn't like the way the top enclosure works. So. As I hann't glued the parts but attached them with screws, I rip cut the left piece of enclosure in the middle, put three hinges and screwed to the frame to converted to open-able.
The bandsaw operates very good and smooth. I use it every day, without any problem.