How I first used my bandsaw... or The Ghost Hunting Grizz Whiz

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Blog entry by BarryW posted 03-08-2008 11:34 AM 952 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You’ll be happy to know I used my 17 inch Grizzly Extreme Bandsaw for the first time yesterday…just to saw some sections of 2×6 into squares for plates upon which to mount casters. Nothing fancy. It was electrified in October and I hadn’t used it yet. Now I have. I know, nice saw and he doesn’t use it? Well, things happen slowly here. I read once where lots of woodworkers use their bandsaws almost all the time. I can see why. Small kerf, smooth cuts. I also turned on the Craftsman Suck-o-Lux Dust Collector for the first time at the same time as my bandsaw. Oh, the humanity! Everything worked the way I wanted it to work and I’m headed in the right direction…towards real projects. Imagine, real projects…made of wood, no less.
So I glued up these plates on the bottom of an already built table-thingy that my mom had built for her 20 plus years ago…it held electronics for the 11 foot satellite dish when that was the only TV available in this deep canyon. Now this unit will hold my sharpening systems of one sort or another. It should be done later today. A very strange thing happened by the way…while sawing the wood I heard what sounded like screaming…like someone screaming…very freaky. I looked about the shop and nothing. I checked on my mom in the living room. Nope, not her. And then I thought about it awhile…no, I’m not calling the Ghost Hunters…yeah, one of the joints on the Craftsman Suck-o-Lux tubing attached to my jointer was making this weird sound…pulling air in and sounding like a banshee. At least that’s what I think now….maybe I should call the Ghost Hunters….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 03-08-2008 12:29 PM

Hey Barry, congratulations on firing up your bandsaw! That’s a sweet unit you’ve got! I visited your blog, and enjoyed reading your musings about setting up your shop. I hope you’re feeling better, and that you get a chance to work on the piano / workbench soon! I’m really intrigued by the idea of salvaging wood from DOA pianos…I hadn’t ever thought of that! I know I see a lot of them free on Craigslist.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 03-08-2008 01:58 PM

Hi Barry,

I am glad to see that you were able to “find” some shop time. Sometimes we don’t realize what can be accomplished through spending a few minutes at a time on a task over a period of time as opposed to having the freedom to work for hours unfettered. I am looking forward to seeing some of your projects and good luck with your “ghost”.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-08-2008 04:26 PM

congrats on your bandsaw. its a great feeling when you turn on a tool (or multiple tools) for the first time and they all work. again congrats on the bandsaw and go make some sawdust!

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#4 posted 03-09-2008 06:20 AM

the more you use your bandsaw the more you will find you can do with it. I would be lost without my bandsaws. I have a 12” and a 14”. the 12 is set up to do scroll work and the 14 is used to rip and resaw. I made a larger table for the 14 to support the wood on the out feed side. it really helps. Use good blades they really make a big difference. I like the Timberwolf blades.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 02:51 PM

If I had no other electrified tools than my band saw, I would still be a happy WWer. I made my living with it on the road cutting signs and keychains for eight years. And yours whistles too. Count your blessings.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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