I really like bandsaws. They’re way quieter than chop saws, and don’t spray dust and metal everywhere. This week’s NTF is about my Harbor freight bandsaw. I bought this thing when I got tired of walking around my gigantic Carolina that took up twice as much space. The funny thing is, they have the same capacity, 8 x 12.
My favorite things about this saw are:
-It’s an extremely common model called the RF812 that’s sold under a lot of brands, so spare parts are very easy to come by.
-It has a 3/4″ blade instead of a 1/2″ blade, and I find that the blade just doesn’t deflect as easy, and makes cleaner cuts. You’re limited to a finest TPI of 14 though, unless you make your own blades.
-It’s an extremely efficient design. It’ll cut up to a 10″ piece of metal with the vise as it is normally set up, but you can move the stationary jaw and get an extra 2″ out of it. I like being able to cut big stuff if I have to.
-It’s available from HF for $700.
My least favorite thing was the motor. So I removed the enormous, cast piece of junk motor it came with and made a new motor mount. It’s spring loaded so it’s easier to change speeds. Then put a nice Baldor 1HP I got from the salvage yard on it, and now it just sings.
It was also really low to the ground as it came, so I whipped up a steel stand and put some real wheels on it. I hate having to bend over to use tools, and I use this one a lot. Now it rolls over stuff pretty easy and I can move it when I need to.
They say everything Harbor freight sells is just an incomplete kit, and you have to finish it. This saw is a perfect example.
I started doing New tool Fridays a while back with the Buttfeeler. I haven’t had a chance to continue the tradition, but I want to because I really like the idea. When I buy or make a new tool, I’ll post a few pictures of it on a Friday!
This Friday’s new tool is a belt sander that I made this winter for the shop. It’s modeled off of a “Kalamazoo” double 2in belt sander. My version also has 3 different speeds. I painted it a nice soft blue.
I like how it turned out, but as usual, I can think of some things I would do differently next time. I’ll bet this isn’t the last belt sander I make.
Last week I got back from a 2 week vacation in the Grand Canyon. I haven’t taken a trip like that in a couple years, so it was a much needed and appreciated break. Now that I’m back I’m diving headfirst into work.
The next couple weeks will see:
Building a set of 4 stock Wyvern frames.
Getting accounts with bike parts suppliers.
Having an official Myth Cycles business release party! Date TBA.
Myth Cycles is taking off! Thanks to everyone who’s helped make this possible! We’re shooting for the moon!
A couple weeks ago, I finished a bike for a friend of mine, and last week I got it back from powdercoat. She chose an amazing turquoise color that came out really really nice. This is a standard Wyvern frame size large, and I’m really happy how well it turned out. I’m really excited to offer these so that folks can get on a handcrafted steel hardtail for almost half the price of one of my custom frames. Check out the Wyvern page if you’re interested in one.
Can’t wait to see this thing shredding the local trails!
I try to maintain a Facebook page as well as this blog, and I’m never sure what to post in the blog that’s much different than the FB page. I guess one difference is that I feel more free to say whatever I feel like here on the blog, but the FB page feels more like marketing.
What I’m getting to, is I want to talk more about this fatbike frame I just built. The FB page just got pictures.
This is Hayley’s new fatbike frame. I really enjoyed building this one, because I feel like I’m really getting into the swing of building frames, even a style I’ve never built. The bends in the seatstays were tighter than anything I’ve done before, and I ended up using a heavier tubeset than any other bike I’ve built (and it didn’t end up being that heavy!). I really like how it came out. I had to modify my seatstay bender to use a following die instead of a roller (no pics, sorry), but that went quick and the bends came out perfect.
I hope to develop this into my production fat bike frame soon.
Last weekend Hayley and I got out to the desert for a quick overnight trip. We packed up the tandem and explored an area we’d never been before. Bikepacking on the tandem is a completely different experience. This trip was perfect for it. It was a blast! From time to time it still hits me just how lucky we are to have this so near to where I live. I love it here.
A couple weeks ago, I started work on a mountain bike for myself. I wanted to incorporate all of the beneficial new features found on today’s hardtails, while still keeping some tried and true features that make a great bike. This will be the first prototype of the hardtail I will release next spring.
Highlights of version 1.0 include:
-27.5+ wheel clearance
-68 deg head angle
-120mm sus corrected
-Boost 148 rear
-31.6 seatpost with external dropper routing
-Routing for full length housing
This week I got it back from the powdercoater, and it came out really fantastic. Here are a few pictures of the build and details of the finished frame. This was the first frame I built in the new frame jig, and it worked out really well. It was significantly more straight forward, and very easy to set up. It also produces a very straight frame.
After a short town ride to shake things down, we rode a 22 mile stretch of the Colorado trail yesterday. This bike is unbelievably fun. The big tires and slack geometry just want to scream down hills. Due to my 435mm mid-length chainstays, it also climbs really well.