Friday, February 24, 2012

Big Saw

Picked up this a bandsaw this week. It's missing its guides, but I think I can get 16" of resaw out of it. It's a 28" saw with a 3 HP 3 phase direct drive motor on it. Made in Scotland in the 1920s. It's in nice shape, it needs a magnetic starter and some guides.

Unfortunately it is too tall for my shop, so I arranged to store it in a warehouse for now.

Meanwhile, a recent burst of activity in the shop has lead me to good progress on the desk for my daughter. All it needs is some finish and glue up. Oh, and a top.

I have also started on a Japanese inspired tool box, using some of my own catalpa, elm, and Monterey cypress. Cupping was a problem after resawing the catalpa and the cypress, fortunately I left the boards thick enough that after it settled for a  few days I was able to joint  the cup out without too much problem.

I've also found in the past the the Monterey cypress (and Port Orford cedar too) tends to bleed sap, so to prevent that I put my piece in the oven for a couple hours at 175 degrees F to try and set it. No sign of any new sap since then.


  1. Dan, sweet band saw. Does it run as smooth as the Davis & Wells at Inside Passage? I'm looking for a decent band saw to replace what I have, but, as you mentioned, ceiling height is definitely a limitation. Now, assuming you can solve the ceiling dilemma in your shop, here's the important question, have you found an equally sweet 16" jointer to match-up with your newfound resaw capacity? ― Craig

  2. Hi Craig,

    Have not had a chance to fire it up yet so cannot comment on the smoothness. I let a 16" jointer for $600 pass by me a couple years ago, still mad at myself! I can run stuff I resaw through the 24" planer on a jig, so actually what I really need is a bandsaw with 24" resaw capacity!

  3. Nice saw for sure... If I manage to get my self one big power tool one day it will be a large band saw!! Good for you!

  4. hey dan. think i saw this beauty on craigslist. nice acquisition. looking forward to seeing it in person. i need to drop off your iturra catalogue (you've probably been searching for it for those giudes).