By Natalie Yates. Power Tools. Published at Saturday, June 16th, 2018 - 19:33:38 PM.
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.
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.
So whether you decide to build a bandsaw or something else with the things you have collecting dust in your shop, dont 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 dont 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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