Corbel King ~
Convertible Timber Bandsaw
16"d x 18"w throat
3/4 HP TEFC 110V
Just as floor standing vertical band saw owners wish they could turn their saw upside-down to use as a portable band saw, portable band saw owners sometimes wish they could turn their portable band saw upside down and use it as a stationary vertical band saw. It works both ways. The Falberg Corbel King convertible band saw does exactly that; and in a matter of minutes, as you can see in the (Convertability) video below by my eldest son Zubin.
When you see how quick and easy it is to convert a portable band saw into a stationary resaw you'll wonder why it's never been done before. We had to totally re-think the idea of band saw tables in order to do it but we kept our focus on the blade transport system and built a support system around it that allowed for quick blade changes, as you'll see in the (Chango) "Corbel King Blade Change" video below.
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Converting Titan into Corbel King
Eldest son Zubin assembles a Corbel King using nothing more than a Titan, a table, and a hand full of soft-touch knobs. It won't take long, did it?
Corbel King - Ripping Driftwood with an Improvised Fence
My eldest son, Zubin, made this video to demonstrate the versatility that comes with having a great gaping throat opening into which you can feed big found-wood workpieces like this 100 lb. piece of driftwood from Santa Barbara. The most excellent music is something I taped off the radio long ago but never found the title of, nor even who the musicians were. Call me if you know! I'll appreciate and attribute it.
"Chango" - Corbel King Blade Change
The T-shaped crack support post is obsolete (replaced with a spanning lever) now, as well as the tension and tracking assembly and motor mount attachment bracket. But otherwise, that's what it looks like and about how long it takes.
All we had to do after that was provide the attachment points and interface brackets to secure one to the other with those marvelous little soft touch knobs that tighten things down so hard so fast and don't require a wrench. The best thing we did was abandon the idea of trying to use it as a bevel saw. We built a bevel saw once and it is an entirely different species of band saw with an extraordinarily weak tilting mechanism that can only accommodate small platens.
Such delicate mechanisms couldn't survive the heavy timber loads our saws were meant to work with. Once you break those castings , the saw is dead and expensive to repair. By supporting the table at four corners we were able to use aluminum plate and stretch the work surface out to 36” x 36” instead of the measly 12” x 16” or 18” x20” and load a full-blown log on a carriage to do some serious milling in an emergency. Not to say the Corbel King serves as a sawmill in any sense; it is, after all, only a portable with a fractional HP motor; but if you had to, and precision was of critical importance, you could turn any log into a usable board or veneer.
In one of our experiments with wide-veneer-cutting fences, we discovered that if you use the fence's frame to support the upper arm of the saw's frame you could apply a lot more tension to the blade. Depending on how such a cutting solution might work for you, a Corbel King could be customized to resaw 16” wide Douglas Fir veneers .0625” thick consistently all day. Ask about our custom fence systems options.
In most cases any straight edge clamped squarely to the Corbel King table will serve to true a timber or resaw 16” wide, thin boards.