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Blog entry by Bothus posted 10-18-2009 07:36 PM 6330 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: I was supposed to pick up my Delta bandsaw today but that's not gonna happen Part 3 of Look at that! series no next part

with my Delta Bandsaw.

The guy called me about 8:30 and he was at a restaurant about 10 minutes away. I told him I would meet him there and pick up the saw.

Let’s get it home.

It’s here.

I’d like to know…

Sounds like my old Plymouth trying to start.

That blade is rubbing against SOMETHING

Phase 1

Skip to the end of this video

Running the motor

I’m an idiot, no, seriously, but I figure it out in a in a later video so stay tuned

I’m gonna take it apart and see what’s up

Americans! Hmmmmpt.

I’ll have to move this out to the sunlight so I can see it better

Let me think about how to deal with that.

It’s not about tightening… so I’ve learned that. Good deal.

I got a helper!

The leg bone’s connected to the hip bone.

Don’t worry about it!

Didn’t I just tell you to be careful of the blade? You idiot!

Like I said, you don’t get to watch

I’m gonna wrap things up… NOT.

I know what you were thinking.

Oh, look at the blade drift… I still don’t know what to do about it.

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

The Nickle Test.

Please help me figure out how to resaw properly. All I can think of is that I didn’t have enough tension on the blade.

I welcome your comments.

In the mean time, at least I’ve filled that void in my life, er, garage.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#1 posted 10-18-2009 07:40 PM

Don’t use that fence for resawing, use a center point fence that allows you to move the wood to follow the blade drift. Here is a post type. and this is the Kreg jig that attaches to your fence.

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 07:46 PM

Yes resawing is not an easy task to perform.It takes a bit of practice I have ruined a few pieces of wood with my shaky hands .It seems no matter how much effort you take to follow the top line it wanders down below off the piece sometimes altogether.Leaving you with wedges, wedges ,wedges, just like little millhouse LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 08:16 PM

I only got part-way through the first couple vids (that eye thing…), but you might find this link useful:

Nice buy. Looks to be in pretty good shape, too!

Can you type out the model #? A bandsaw’s definitely my next major. I’m probably down to Delta, Rikon, or a Grizzly….

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 09:50 PM

Same here.

-- Jim LaCourse

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 10:23 PM

I have a Griz band saw. I made a resaw blade from a copper tube screwed to a sacrficial fence. It works great. I would recommend that you try that before buying a jig that may not work. Having your bandsaw well tuned helps a bunch too.

-- Jim, Richmond Virginia - Plan your work - Work your plan.

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 10:35 PM

I can’t find the post now but some time in the last day or so I read a post by someone who was of the opinion that a properly tuned band saw would eliminate blade drift. I found this remarkable and the only time I have ever heard anyone make such a claim. I have found that beyond a sharp blade that a center point guide is the most helpful method for resawing (although I know others successfully use the method demonstrated in NBeener’s link).

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 11:46 PM

I resaw 6” boards for almost every project at one point or another using almost the exact saw.

I had similar horrible results until I did a few things:

A. Buy the right blade! A 1/2” or wider 3tpi skip tooth is MANDATORY….A woodslicer or timberwolf brand, in that order.

B. Forget further steps until you have A!

C. Install your 1/2” blade and set tension for 3/4” or at LEAST halfway to that mark.

D. Replace stock guides with nylon or bearings. Set them properly….for nylons or other material, use a sheet of thin magazine paper on each side of the blade. Bearings should just touch blade, see manuf. directions.

E. Set rear bearings to 1/64” or to where it spins just occasionally when saw is idle.

F. Set fence for drift. See google for this, its VERY simple.

That’s it….if you do all of that, you will have good results….it’s not magic.

As for fences….most craftsmen I see use tall 3-6” fences, as do I….those point type fences are finicky (I have the Kreg one and never use it) and I find you get MUCH more wavy cuts and wasted material than a standard fence (I use a Kreg, but even a shopmade MDF 4” fence will do fine as long as it’s drift correctable).

Your feed rate is good (don’t stop unless you get drift or burning), the saw sounds ok and you’re right about feeding from the middle or top. The only thing I do different on the featherboard is elevate it a couple inches so that the top of the board doesn’t waver…..

Good luck…..oh and did I mention to get the right blade? :) Seriously, I know you might think that a small change like a different brand or tooth type is BS, but it’s #1 here for a reason…..


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 11:48 PM

Oh, and detension the blade between cuts! Also, thumbs up on Beeners link….


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#9 posted 10-21-2009 01:08 AM

it could be saw dust in the berrings

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