Project builds #51: Getting it together

After several hours fixing a car this morning I thought I’d start and get these nemesis curve top gates together.

So I got my jigsaw out and cut the pattern out and got that refined how I wanted it. I then transferred the pattern to my work piece and it was over to the bandsaw.

It was at this point things went down hill I had fitted a 6mm blade in the bandsaw as I was having issues with the 12mm that I had been using. Both blades had been used (not normally an issue) the 12mm was terrible would not track straight for love not money and no amount of messing with it would make it better. So I changed it for a 6mm and was suitable impressed that after a very fast tweak of the guides it cut the curves on stiles beautifully.

When I set too this morning however things were not so good the blade wandered like crazy and at one point started cutting at 90 degrees to the correct direction of cut this was brief how ever because just a few seconds later the blade jumped off with a bang as my top wheel is sprung loaded.

So at that point I was about to have a mental break down and set about checking the machine over and tearing down the guides for cleaning and repair. I flattened the two back blade guides on some 150 paper and cleaned all the rods with 240 paper cleaned the pitch away and lubricated everything with 3in1 oil. I also decided time had come to rectify some slightly suspect threads on adjuster screws so I found some torx head m8 set screws and drilled the m6 holes out and retapped them to M8 prior to loosely sitting the guides back on the saw.

With the guides back on I could fit a new 6mm blade and went through a full set up process on the now running beautifully guides with every thing set and adjusted I made a test cut the saw was quieter than it had been for a long time and cut exactly as I asked. So I cut out the top rail and finished with a few passes of a number 4 plane a spoke shave and a quick tickle with my bobbin sander and orbital.

With the top rail finally complete I got the gate set up the photos show my result. Tommorow i will clamp it up and flush up all the joints prior to marking up and drilling peg holes, brace mortices and board rebates this gate can then be diss assembled ready to have its final finishing work undertaken.

Tags: courtyard gate professional woodworking

Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.

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oldrivers ...

Looking good now glad your saw is doing good now.

Madts ...

Band saws can be rather finicky at times.

Whitacrebespoke ...

They certainly can. Mine really needs two new tires, the problem with that is they are vulcanised on and are an odd size on this machine. I spoke to the company the supplied it new and they told me it was not a wadkin machine and they never made one like it when I emailed him the photos of it with their “supplied by” badge proudly in shot I could no longer get hold of him.

There’s a company that can re do them for me in Birmingham (my local city) but they want £500 for the privilege.

I’m getting to the point where I would not be beyond trying to scrape them flat myself while on the machine.

The only guides avaliable now with out major hassle it seems are the cheaply made Chinese imports that are on it which are ok when new but are expensive to buy and the bearings seize up fairly often.

Madts ...

Go check what Mathias has done on his home made saws.

http://woodgears.ca/

—Madts.

RobsCastle ...

Possibly due to using your bandsaw to fix your car first up.
Cutting engine blocks and crankshafts in half with a bandsaw doesnt do it any favours. Too much wear and tear especially sectioning the windscreen, so that you can get it all to fit in a recycle bin.

Otherwise there are a series of bandsaw tune up videos available all of which will have your saw purring.

The main problem I find with mine is that adjustiable parts tend to vibrate loose over time.

You possibly know this but,… (or do it subconciously) before you start work.
1. Check the correct tension and then.
2. Wind the wheel backwards by hand listening and watching for anything unusual, if there is a problem you will either hear or see it and all before power is applied, and then adjust accordingly if required. Recheck again if necessary.
3. Now Start up only, and the Listen and watch again …all sound and look OK?…
4. Time to start work!

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

Yeah me and my band saw go head to head once and awhile . It seems like it only acts up when I,m in a hurry.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Yes Bruce me and this one are coming to blows often the tires need skimming or replacing as do one or two bearing guides. One of the guys who works for me has a friend who is a bandsaw engineer and he came to see me Monday you can see the wear on the tires pulling the band forwards and back,

Whitacrebespoke ...

You can repair anything Bruce if you chuck enough money at it. In this case the replacement guides are cheap enough but the wheels may not be so.

I can get a cheap cork tire that glues on, I can try mount them on my Lathe and scrape them flat or slightly convex or I can send them away for a full blown retire service and rebalance.

As yet cannot decide what’s best.