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Sometimes people don't have the finances to buy bigger tools for woodworking, such as bandsaws or polishers just to name a few. They either just think it would be nice to have one and or just wish they could have one, or look for help through the internet or other resources such as books, magazines or home improvement shops.

When I was looking around in my shop where I had accumulated odds and ends from many different sources, such as going to auctions, tearing apart machinery that no longer worked and throwing the engine in a corner of the shop,or seeing something that a friend thought was junk and looked like an opportunity to me so I would take it home and let it collect dust, I thought there had to be something I could do with all this stuff instead of just letting it sit around and get rustier and dirtier.

One of the things I needed but never really had the extra cash to buy was a large bandsaw, one that I could resaw lumber up to about 12 inches with, because I also had a big pile of tree limbs and branches from a storm that blew them down a couple months prior. I also wanted to make some doors that have bookend type panels that takes a large saw to resaw a piece of lumber so that one side is a mirror image of the other side.

I got to brainstorming with all the things I had sitting around. I had a couple of old Ford flywheels from Fords that I had junked out in the last couple years, and figured that I could use those for wheels for a bandsaw. I also had a couple front hubs and brackets from an old Chevy Cavalier that I could use for bearings and support for the wheels of a bandsaw. I had some old steel sitting around that I could for a frame and table. I also had a large piece of sheet aluminum that I could use for covers for the wheels and the table.

So I thought, I wonder if I could make myself a bandsaw out of these things that I had. I wondered what I would use to power it. I had a 3 phase motor of about 3hp, so I thought I could use that motor and convert it to single-phase to power a saw. So I got all this stuff together and decided that other than the band, I believe I have everything I need to build one. For the band I looked at Sears, and saw that 93 1/2 inches was a standard band, so that way I could figure out the dimensions of the frame to mount the wheels.

The picture above shows the bandsaw I built using the things mentioned. It took me a couple months, since I only worked on it in the evenings and on weekends, but I figure I spent around $100 to make me a functioning bandsaw that cuts up to 12 inch logs. A bandsaw like this would have cost me probably $1200 or more to buy commercially. I later invested in a new motor so I could run it on straight 110 single phase instead of 220 volts single phase. That cost me about $200. I also wrote and kept the plans to the saw so that I could either build another one or share the plans with others.

So whether you decide to build a bandsaw or something else with the things you have collecting dust in your shop, don't throw them away when spring cleaning time comes, you may just need them later when you think of something that you want or need, but don't want to pay the price commercially. A couple of other things I made with things just laying around in my shop was a utility trailer and a small overhead hoist, which enabled me to lift heavy things such as my rototiller and sprayer up to the top level of my shop.


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