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Inca 342 186 Bandsaw

Here’s a quick video on my “new” Inca Bandsaw.

A few facts I missed in the video:

  • Model: 342 186 04
  • Manufactured: 1986
  • Motor: Leroy Somer  LS80P 230v
  • Relay Start
  • Work done:
    • General clean/de-rust
    • Replaced thrust bearings
    • Fixed lose neutral in wall plug
    • Stripped motor, checked for dust and bearing condition. Ok
    • Replaced capacitor
    • Cleaned dust from start/stop buttons
    • Tracked and tensioned blade

I had an issue with the motor occasionally not starting, it would just hum. I replaced the capacitor and the problem seems to have gone away.

I’m not 100% sure what kind of induction motor this is. When I opened it I excepted to find a centrifugal switch inside but I didn’t. Is it a permanent split capacitor motor?  Please comment if you know how it starts/runs. I made this simple wiring diagram. (To the best of my understanding).

Wiring Drawing

The next thing I’ll need to do is build a fence.


Outdoor Bench from Demolition Wood

My parents were staying with us a few weeks ago. Dad and I had talked about building an outdoor bench for a weekend project but hadn’t been able to source any suitable timber. The next day Dad came across some wood being thrown out on the side of the road while taking a morning walk. It was from an old house that was being renovated. We took the station wagon down and picked up as much as we thought we’d need. We actually ended up going back again for more, this time the builders were there and they let us go around the back and pick through what they had.


To the untrained eye this would probably just look like a pile of rubbish on the side of the road but it is in fact gorgeous Rimu. A New Zealand native tree which takes ~450 years to grow to maturity.


I wish I’d taken more photos but after much de-nailing, planing, cutting, drilling and screwing this is what we came up with. To be fair, Dad did most of the planing. All by hand using a trusty Stanley No.7




After gluing and screwing the top planks down I used a belt sander to flatten and smooth the top. The screw holes were filled with plugs cut out of Rimu using a plug cutter


The bench was coated twice with a basic decking oil to protect it.





Free wood + many hours of manual labor = one mighty solid Rimu bench!  The design is based on this providence bench.



Learning to Make Hand Cut Dovetails

I haven’t been doing too much lately that’s blog-worthy. Partly because I’ve been bitten by the woodworking bug and I’m only in the early learning stages so I don’t have much to show for my time yet. I decided to start off by learning to do dovetail joints. I figured that would require me to practice a number of basic woodworking skills – accurate marking, sawing to a line, chiseling etc.

I was also inspired by watching David Barron’s dovetail videos. Thanks so much for sharing, David! I must have watched the videos a dozen times to try and pick up techniques. I also made a magnetic dovetail guide like the ones which David designed. Check out his fine furniture site and blog.

These are my efforts so far. In the order which they were made (left to right, back to front). Some cut with the guide, some just marked up and cut by hand.



These are the tools that I use (although I didn’t have them all at the start).



….And after 27 practice pieces I was producing consistent enough dovetails to make this little box. For my first woodwork project since high school I’m very happy with how it came out.  The wood is recycled New Zealand Rimu, top and bottom are 4mm Okoume Plywood.







That’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with more to show.