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Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Assembly and Setup

Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Final AssemblyThis post is the second in a series of posts about my new Laguna 1412. The first was written to describe my first impressions as I unpacked the shipping box. I evaluated the fit and finish of the various components, and reviewed the overall quality of materials. In this post, I’d like to take some time to talk about the assembly and set up of the saw. Even though the included documentation is pretty thorough, the authors of the manual were a little too close to the saw, and made some unfair assumptions. As such, a couple of things were glossed over, and I’d like to do my best to augment their documentation, and hopefully help you get set up a little more quickly than I.

***I have included a link to a digital copy of the provided Laguna manual. Between this manual, and the notes I’ve included below, just about anyone should be able to get this assembled and set up***

A quick note: the documentation below includes instructions for set up of the Mobility Kit, which is not included with the bandsaw (but I would HIGHLY recommend it). I did not purchase the Optional Light, and do not have any details about setting that up.

Laguna 1412 Stand Hardware
The 8 small bolts and 4 feet are all that is needed to assemble the stand.

Stand and Mobility Kit

Initially, you’re going to be setting up the base. There are four panels that need to be bolted together. One of the nice things about the design of this bandsaw is that the threads are built in to the panels. This means that you only have to worry about the bolts, and you don’t have to fuss with fitting and holding any nuts in place.

To emphasize this, look at how little hardware is needed to assemble this base. Keep in mind this base is designed to hold up hundreds of pounds of steel and cast iron. And it doesn’t even flinch.

 

Laguna 1412 Stand Assembly
Stand with 3 of the 4 sides assembled

The Laguna Manual calls out two side panels, and two back/front panels, but doesn’t call out which is which. For your reference, the pebbled gray panels are the back/front panels, and the black, trapezoidal panels are considered the side panels. Assembly of the base is done by putting the bolts THROUGH the back/front gray panels, and threaded into the threads included in the side panels. I would recommend loosely finger tightening these bolts, until all are seated, then tighten later with a 12mm wrench.

Tightened Bolt
During initial assembly, only finger tighten, and only tighten later with 12mm wrench

After the four panels are bolted on, we’ll get the feet and the mobility kit installed. If you’re using a mobility kit, only install 2 of the 4 feet, and install the 2 on the bottom of one of the side, black panels. If you are not using the mobility kit, install all 4 feet on the bottom of the stand, and move on to the next section.

At this point, I can’t recommend a good set of hex/allen keys enough. Preferably t-shaped, with a relatively long reach. There were points in assembling the mobility kit where I could only finger-tighten a couple screws, until I was able to get the longer hex keys needed. Here is an opportunity for Laguna to improve. Included tooling would be a cheap, but meaningful addition to the Mobility Kit.

I was very confused when using the included instructions as it referenced the “Support Bracket” for the mobility kit. So, I’ve included some more detailed instructions. On the same side you installed the 2 feet, slide the support bracket under the frame as shown, and secure with the single screw.

Laguna 1412 Mobility Kit Support Bracket Installation
Slide the support bracket, as shown, under the side panel, and secure with the included screw.

The rest of the mobility kit instructions are pretty well put together. The only additional trouble I ran in to was, as previously stated, attaching the front swivel wheel to the support bracket without a long hex key. But, with the right tools, this should be a breeze.

Laguna 1412 Bandsaw to Stand Assembly
Rest the bandsaw on its side to attach the base. Make sure the bandsaw is off the ground, resting on scrap 2x4s.

Attaching the Bandsaw to the Stand

This is, perhaps, the most difficult, and dangerous, part of the assembly, particularly if you don’t have anyone to assist you. I would strongly recommend having someone to help with the heavy lifting and supporting of the bandsaw during this step. I did this alone, and risked injury and/or damage to the tool.

The instructions recommend laying the bandsaw down on its side (on the spine of the bandsaw), and elevating it with a few pieces of scrap wood. Without thinking, I laid it down on its side, with the motor assembly pointing up. This wasn’t an issue, but I had to take extra precautions that the weight of the bandsaw was not resting on any critical components.

I was able to lift up the bandsaw on 2 sets of 2 – 2x4s. I would recommend using a few more, perhaps 8 total 2x4s, as the stand was slightly askew as I was bolting it on. I was able to do it though.

Make sure the bolts are tight before lifting the bandsaw into its upright position. If they are only finger-tight, or not even, you will put a lot of stress on the bolts, and will likely break them.

Laguna 1412 Bandsaw attached to stand
Bandsaw is taking shape with the attached stand

 

Laguna 1412 Table Assembly
Trunnion and Bolt has been fed through the appropriate holes in the bandsaw

Fitting the Table to the Bandsaw and Vertical Shaft Adjustment Handle

The challenge during this step is holding a very heavy Table steady while fitting in the Trunnion bolts. Certainly possible to do with one person (I did, and with little issue), but it would’ve been far easier with a second person. If you’re doing it by yourself, plan ahead a bit, move the Trunnion Bolts to a position that will make it easier for you to slide the table in, and the bolts in to the bandsaw. After this is complete, affix the adjustment knobs (ratchet handles) to the trunnion bolts.

The only remaining note here is when affixing the Vertical Shaft Adjustment Handle, make sure that the set screw in the handle is aligned with the flat spot on the shaft (see picture to the right).

Laguna 1412 Vertical Shaft Adjustment Handle Assembly
Flat spot for the Vertical Shaft Adjustment Handle

Table Rule and Fence System

Assembly of the Table Rule is pretty well documented in the manual. I’ve included a couple of notes and pictures though.

The “front” of the machine is when the spine of the bandsaw is on the left-hand side. The rule attaches to the “front” of the cast-iron table. The zero marker on the rule should roughly line up with where the bandsaw blade passes through the table. This is easily adjustable later, and will likely need to be fine-tuned every time a new blade is put on, so don’t worry too much about this alignment now.

Laguna 1412 Table Rule Assembly
Table Rule attaches to the front of the bandsaw table with two bolts.

Starting the assembly of the fence system begins with attaching the fence rail to the bandsaw. From the manual “The distance between the fixing holes and the end of the bar is different, and the end that has the longest distance must be at the back of the bandsaw.” I couldn’t have worded it better myself, so I just quoted it here. Using the spacers and bolts included, thread the bolts through the hole in the rail, and slide the spacer over the bolts. You can then screw the bolt in to the table at the appropriate fixing location.

Laguna 1412 Fence Rail Assembly
Feed the bolt through the hole in the rail, and slide the spacer over the bolt before attaching to the table

Attaching the Fence to the rail is the last major step before you’re able to turn the bandsaw on and start cutting (well, short of installing a blade). The fence attaches to the Rail with the Fence Support and Clamping Bar. The clamping bar uses t-track type hardware to secure the aluminum extruded fence to the Fence Support. See the three pictures below. On the left is the Fence Support attached to the Fence Rail. The steel hardware in the middle is what will slide in to the extrusion, as shown in the middle and right picture. The knobs on the Fence Support can then be tightened to secure the fence.

Laguna 1412 Fence Assembly
Sliding the Aluminum Extruded Fence on to the Fence Support and Clamping Bar

There you have it. I would go in to further detail surrounding fine tuning some of the adjustments, or installing the bandsaw blades. However, the included manual really does a good job of that, and there are more than enough resources on the internet to get an idea on how this is best done.

Please check back shortly, as the next installment of my series on the Laguna 1412 will be uploaded in the coming weeks. In this next post, I will be providing my initial thoughts and review of the product after having used it for a couple of months.

David the Makewright’s Laguna 1412 Series

Installment #1 – Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Unboxing
Installment #2 – Laguna 1412 Assembly and Set Up
Installment #3 – Laguna 1412 Initial Review (coming August 2016)

 

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Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Unboxing

Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Final AssemblyA couple of weeks ago, I received the Laguna 1412 Bandsaw that I had ordered. It has been sitting in my garage since then, still in its box. I’ve had too many other projects on my workbench before I could start another, and unboxing the tool that I’ve been anxiously awaiting was just the motivation I needed to polish up those projects and clean up the shop.

Well, today, I swept my last pile of sawdust, and put away my last pen kit, and I could dive right in and get this thing out of the box and in to my heart. This post will be one of a series of three posts dedicated to this tool. This entry will just be about the unboxing and unpacking of the bandsaw and its parts. I will give you my first impression regarding the quality of the parts and packaging, do a quick inventory to make sure I have everything, and get everything organized in time for the second installment. That post will be about the assembly of the unit. I’ll offer up a few lessons learned, fill in some details where the manual may have glossed over, and give a few pointers. The third post will come a little later, after I’ve had a chance to cut some wood with it. I’ll be offering up my initial thoughts in a quick review of the product. I will link this article to those others when available. But for now, let’s snap off the steel strapping, peel back the plastic, and look at what we have in store.

***Update 7/20/16 – Second Installment Released: Laguna 1412 Assembly and Set Up***

Upon receiving the shipment, its clear I hadn’t planned accordingly, because the box weighs over 300 pounds. I learned the hard way that you’re going to need somebody with a strong back to help with a couple of steps in the unboxing and assembly. I was able to make due by myself, but I could’ve easily hurt myself, or damaged the machine, and wouldn’t recommend it.

Laguna 1412 Box
The Laguna 1412 box weighs in over 300 pounds

I ripped the box in a couple of places trying to lift, maneuver and move it around. I would recommend using dollies and hand trucks whenever possible.

Opening the box, I immediately got excited. I really enjoy putting things together, and learning everything I can about my tools, so I was excited to see that there was some assembly in front of me. Most of the critical pieces were already assembled, though, and in hind’s sight, that is a good thing. There are some tight tolerances that I don’t want to mess with.

The open Laguna 1412 Box
Opening the Box for the first time

As I began pulling the pieces out, the quality of the manufacturing was immediately apparent. The base pieces were very thick gauge steel, with assembly threading welded right to the parts, so you don’t have to fumble with nuts during assembly. Some professionals may look down on machines like this, as they do not have cast iron bases and chassis. However, for this grade of machine, what I would call pro-sumer, I don’t see it that way. This form factor, particularly with the additional “Mobility Kit” allows much greater portability, cheaper freight costs, while still offering incredible stability.

I was pleased to see that there were some included tooling, in the form of a T-Handle Hex Key. I later found during assembly that the included tools were not enough, but more on that in our next installment.

Laguna 1412 Manual
The quality of the manual bodes well for the product

One of the first things I did was pull out the manual and start thumbing through. Whereas a full color manual would’ve been nice, I may be asking too much. The manual, from its appearances, was well developed, with clear language and high quality images and graphics. As I would later learn, the manual has some opportunities for improvement with respect to assembly, but I was able to make it through with minimal issue.

After peeking through the manual, I started to pull out all of the smaller parts. I wanted to make sure not to lose anything, so I stayed very organized. In the first layer of styrofoam, they had nested two of the four stand pieces, the bandsaw table, fence and measuring system, adjustment knobs and handles, and the various hardware needed for assembly.

Smaller Parts for the Laguna 1412 Bandsaw
The unassembled parts from the first layer of the packaging

Starting with the table, it is enclosed in a plastic bag, and for good reason. Please be warned that the table, as delivered, is COVERED in packing grease, presumably to protect it. Its not a problem to clean up with a bit of WD-40, or mineral spirits, but just be forewarned, it will get everywhere, including on your clothes if you’re not careful.

Looking at the fence and fence assembly, everything seems very well constructed, with not a single manufacturing defect to be found. I was planning on upgrading to a better fence system in the future, but looking at this, it may not be necessary. More to come on that in the product review in a few weeks.

Main bandsaw body with box cutaway
Peeling the box away so I can stand up the bandsaw

Now for the fun part, pulling the main bandsaw body out of the second layer of styrofoam. This is something for which you really should have two people. I was too excited to wait for my neighbor to get home, so I did it myself. I cut away the rest of the cardboard box, stood up the entire packing form, with the bandsaw in it, and shimmied the unit out of the foam. It worked, but I wouldn’t recommend it, as one slip-up could’ve sent the whole unit tumbling. On the underside of this packing form were the two remaining pieces for the base unit.

Laguna 1412 Bandsaw body out of the box
Bandsaw body and remaining stand pieces out of the box

With these last pieces out of the box, I am ready to begin assembling the unit. However, before you move on to the next installment in this series, I have one more little piece for you. It came highly recommended that I purchase the optional Mobility Kit with the bandsaw. This came separately, so I thought I would show you what that package contained.

The contents of this box were a bit perplexing, it was tough to mentally piece together how this was all going to go together. This became clear later though.

Laguna 1412 Mobility Kit in the box
Mobility Kit in the Box

The kit comes with two wheels, attached to an assembly on one axle, and a third, swivel caster. Additionally, there is a support bracket, and a pedal that allows you to raise and lower the body of the bandsaw on and off of the swivel caster. What confused me, but later made sense, is that, with the mobility kit, the unit always rests on two wheels. I thought this would add instability, but I have not seen that yet.

Laguna 1412 Mobility Kit Parts and Hardware
Mobility Kit Parts and Hardware

At this point, I’m as excited as a Kardashian at the NBA Draft. And I can’t wait to get this thing assembled. Join me in my next installment in this series on the assembly of the Laguna 14|Twelve Bandsaw.

David the Makewright’s Laguna 1412 Series

Installment #1 – Laguna 1412 Bandsaw Unboxing
Installment #2 – Laguna 1412 Assembly and Set Up
Installment #3 – Laguna 1412 Initial Review (coming August 2016)