This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: stanj@hpnmdla.HP.COM (Stan Jaffe)
Date: 26 Feb 90 17:25:54 GMT
Again this past weekend I watched Norm work away on "The New Yankee
Workshop", and again I noticed this season he's got a new bandsaw.
This particular saw has some nice looking guide bearings and looks
to be rather substantially built. It looks like something I might
like to see in my shop rather than the Taiwanese Delta knock-off I've
been trying to turn into a decent saw (is this a case of trying to
turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? I guess I like challenges!).
My question is:
Who makes the bandsaw Norm is using on NYW?
(And any other info you might have on this saw)
As an aside for the cursious, some of the modifications I made on my
1. Trued tires using a device made for this task. This made a BIG
difference on saw performance.
2. Added sheetmetal gussets on the sides of the open frame stand.
3. Added a piece of 1/4" aluminum between the bottom of the saw
and the top of the stand to stiffen.
4. Using saw guide blocks made of Ipe, an oily wood, rather than
the metal pieces that came with the saw.
5. Had a narrow (3/16") and a wide (1/2") blade made for the saw.
The length is 91" (oddball). The reason for two blades is
one for scroll work, the other for resaw. The short length
is partly due to the saw using a shorter blade and the other
is I can tension it tighter.
6. Aligning wheels per Duginske's (sp?) article in FineWoodworking.
7. Filed mating surfaces of castings to fit better . Shimmed table
so it is perpendicular to the blade in both planes.
8. Probably yet more than I've blotted from memory.
At this point I'm convinced I should have just bought a better saw
in the first place. But then, I hear even the best need tuning.
Any experience out there?