- Sep 17, 2008
I made my first 14" bandsaw in the late 1970s, of old pipe and wood and the pulleys out of my mother's old Speed Queen washer. It had high and low speeds, for wood and metal. The wheels I cut with a sabre saw and mounted them on shafts with welded-on flanges (had a welder by then) and trued them up as they rotated. Used sections of old inner tube from heavy trucks for the wheel tires. I used it for 15 years and never got around to making any guards for it at all. Everything wide open. When you're young you don't worry much. I wouldn't sell it; too dangerous. Took it apart and trashed it. Current 14" saw is a Jet. With guards.....back then guarding was just a suggestion...
Ha. You makes sure that nobody is behind you to tighten it....Doesn’t that clamp hurt?