This is my homemade 16 inch bandsaw built from plans from the woodgears website. Matthias at woodgears only charges $21.00 for these plans, and they are totally worth it – everything is well thought out and clearly documented. The saw is built pretty much as described in the plans, but my top cover is also dressed up with a carved circle with my initials that was made on my CNC machine. This saw design uses 105 inch blades – the two that I use most are a 1/4 inch wide 6 teeth per inch (TPI) blade and a 1/2 inch wide 3 TPI blade from Timber Wolf.
The frame is made from common 3/4 inch pine boards, laminated into a C-shaped stack. It is very strong. Here are some pictures of the frame being glued up.
CNC machine since I had it available:
bocote hardwood, and they seem to work extremely well. I have been using this bandsaw for over three years and they have hardly worn at all in that time. I have a spare piece of bocote in case I ever need to make replacements. Also shown below is a section of an old toothbrush that’s mounted as a sawdust sweeper on the lower wheel. And there’s a picture of the upper wheel tracking and belt tensioning apparatus.
1 HP 1750 RPM Smith & Jones unit from Harbor Freight. The sheave (motor pulley) pitch diameter is 3 inches and the drive wheel pulley pitch diameter is 11.56 inches. The outer diameter of the drive wheel actually measures 15.7 inches, so the calculation for my saw’s blade speed is: 1750 RPM x 3″/11.56″ x 15.7″ x pi / 12 = approximately 1870 feet/minute.
this link. I made the low fence, round nose fence, and tall resaw fence add-ons described in the article – they are made from baltic birch plywood and maple. I also use a standard Skil 2610011708 miter gauge for crosscuts.