Author: Jeff Branch

Bandsaw Renovation, Part 3

See part 1 here and part 2 here. YES, THE RENOVATION of my bandsaw took me three blog entries to complete, longer than anticipated. But in the middle of it, I decided to add a shop made fence; something I always wanted for my bandsaw and a project which does nothing to renovate the saw itself. There is a lesson learned from all of this which I’ll get to in a minute, so whipping my bandsaw into shape has been a good experience. As I began to think about wrapping up this renovation, I went to YouTube to see how others have dealt with the vibration which can occur with such a tool. I looked at a video by Matthias Wandel (here) and one by Gunflint Designs (here). Both good videos – the Wandel video focused on better balanced wheels and with the Gunflint video, I paid special attention to how he replaced the belt (see at 2:33 into the video). In both cases, vibration was too high; seems to be a common problem with …

Changes for SketchUp Pro 2019

hortly after SketchUp announced their updates for SketchUp Pro 2019, I began thinking about the impact to the woodworking community. Then a few emails arrived from readers and I talked to others about the 2019 update. One thing is clear: SketchUp Pro is increasingly useful only for professionals. The weekend woodworker who happens to like creating furniture designs in SketchUp Pro will find the 2019 pricing plan hard to justify over the long run. Is SketchUp Pro 2019 Viable for Weekend Woodworkers? First, SketchUp has become a suite of products. Long time users will remember that the free version of SketchUp provided much of what a woodworker needed in a desktop 3D modeling solution. The only other option was the Pro version which added solid tools, (among other features) for SketchUp Pro and included two additional programs; a documentation product called Layout and a way to add illustrative looks to your model via Style Builder. There is a saying that all good things come to an end, which isn’t always true, but it is with …

Bandsaw Renovation Part 2, Shop Made Fence

In part one, I added new tires to my bandsaw and fixed a problem which prevented tensioning the blade against the wheels. In this post I’ll build a new bandsaw fence. ogic would dictate that a tune-up would be the next step in the renovation of my Jet JWBS-14DX bandsaw, but at this point I’d rather build something. So I am going straight to building a proper fence for it. To my knowledge, this saw was offered in three versions: the standard JWBS-14, the deluxe model JWBS-14DX which I own and then the previously unknown to me pro version, the JWBS-14DXPRO. I remember the deluxe model having heavier wheels among a few other upgrades. The professional version seems to add a fence only. All the cool bandsaws I see at Woodcraft have a fence meaning that non-fence models are nice, but a nice tall fence just completes the saw. For my bandsaw fence, I could have purchased the Jet JRF-14R ($88.99 via eBay; it seems to be a discontinued item from Jet) designed as an …