By Zelda Barron. Power Tools. Published at Friday, May 04th, 2018 - 09:53:57 AM.
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 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.
5. You can make lumber from tree limbs that have fallen from storm damage or limbs that you harvest for the purpose of making lumber. I usually use about a 4 foot piece, which is about how much I can lift. I have made lumber from oak, walnut, elm, boxelder, and hickory limbs. The beautiful rose color that the boxelder had enabled me to make nice pen blanks, plaques and other pen holders.
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