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Do it exist a way to homebuild a suitable (working) bandsaw for modellers? Answered

Since I'm a young modeller, and ALWAYS on budget, is there any suitable (viable) And EASY WAY to homebuild a (working) bandsaw for modellers?
The one (cheapest) I've found are on the 150 EUROS circa, (*) but won't be as precise as I need.

ciao to all!

(*) whoa! out of money!!!!



Best Answer 6 years ago

I know this post is kinda old but i do know of a man with a plan. Check it out http://woodgears.ca/bandsaw/build.html. He has some pretty neat projects, reading his website is a good way to lose a few hours and gain some inspiration.

It would probably be very difficult and expensive to build one. If there is anything similar to Craigslist where you live, try that. I just bought a bandsaw for $95 (about 65 Euros) off of there.

I bought a brand new bench-top bandsaw from my local hardware store for 120 USD (95 Euros), but I've seen refurbished bandsaws for 80 USD (64 Euros).

Does it work well? I'm planning on doing the same thing, but I've heard that cheap bandsaws can break fast.

I've used it for both straight miter cuts and intricate scroll cuts on wood as thick as 8 inch, and it has performed flawlessly. So, considering that you will only be using it for modeling, I don't have a doubt in my mind that it won't work for you.

Oh, and in case I haven't proven my point, I have also used it to cut out shapes in 1/8 inch steel plate, and although it ruined the blade, the band saw held up just fine.

I couldn't find a link to my band saw, but the brand is called Performax. Unfortunately, the store I bought it from is only found in the U.S., but I'm sure you could find an equally good deal at your local tool and/or hardware store.


8 years ago

For mario69 and paganwonder-- check out this link to one of the few magazines that I still receive in paper format. Once you get an idea of their subscriber base, you'll see why they are primarily non-digital. Farm Show rocks!

Re-design- VERY cool link!  Thank you

Clever idea: Handsaws. A hacksaw will do just about anything that a bandsaw will do, and not necessarily much slower... and if anything, will be _more_ precise.


8 years ago

I was in the construction business for better than 40 years and one thing I learned is to have a cautious respect for power tools, especially those that are designed for cutting.
I would never recommend a novice try and build a power saw of any kind. Do yourself and your fingers a big favor and try and find a good used band saw. Very good used ones sell for about 50% or less of what a new one costs. It would probably cost nearly that much just for the parts needed to try and build your own.

Here is a link to a diy bandsaw.  It would help if you had access to a welder and a lathe.

I helped build a bandsaw sawmill a few years back.  We used 14" trailer wheels and tires to run the saw.  Worked great.  You might look into using smaller wheels and tires maybe bicycle tires for yours if you can't make your own wheels.