Thursday, April 14, 2011
First Furniture Making Power Tool
It's true that I have a circular saw and a battery powered impact driver, but this is the first power tool that I can use for the kind of woodworking I do in my spare time, which tends toward more intricate stuff than framing walls.
Last week I got my grimy mitts on a bandsaw. It's a 1940's Craftsman bandsaw, with what appears to be the original 1/2 HP motor that was bought with the unit. It comes with a custom made (cobbled together) wood base. It works really well.
I had to replace the tires, so I went with Urethane because I've read that they're good. Mine are bright orange. They cost $45, bringing my total investment in this saw to $45. Yes, that's correct. I met someone, and a few hours later they gave me this saw. He said he never used it, and I looked interested. Did I mention that it came with several brand new, never used wood and metal cutting blades? Oh yes, this is the jackpot. The upper guide is broken on one side, but I ran the saw anyways and it seems to cut flawlessly.
It only has a 1/2 HP motor, but it didn't seem to struggle at all resawing some semi-green Maple (on the right in the picture below) at full cut capacity. I think I can thank the sharp blade for that.
There is one bummer, and that's that this saw doesn't appear to accept a riser block, because the top and bottom halves are attached via a big pipe. No big deal, I guess, because a 6" cutting height is more than I had before! Oh, and spare parts don't seem to exist for this saw anymore, but with the way it's running, I think I'll be long gone before it needs any major repairs.