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Resawing wood and veneers #1: The Laguna Driftmaster Fence System

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-26-2008 03:20 AM 8902 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I went ahead and did it. A woodworking e-mail blog stated that Laguna Driftmaster fence system for cutting veneers and I went to their web site and viewed the video.

I’ve cut veneers and thin strips of wood before, but never with a lot of accuracy. The kitchen cabinets that I made in NJ was made with Ambrosia Maple that was sawed into 1/4” slices and sanded to 5.2MM. It was then installed into a metric plywood router bit set for stile and rails.
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I wanted to do something with more accuracy. I purchased the Laguna Carbide resaw blade and I’ve very pleased with it.

So I ordered it. This is what arrived.

I cut the straps and found a box that had been opened and then resealed.

This is my bandsaw. A Reliant which is a Tiawan-ese bandsaw. It is like one that Grizzly sold for a while, I bought mine from Woodworkers Warehouse (now out of business). It is an 18” version that I replaced the issued motor with a 3 HP version that I bought at a junk yard for $10.00. It turned out the motor had been under water in a flood. I took it to a motor repair shop to have it reversed in direction and they put in new bearings and baked out all of the water.

That is a chunk of Oak Burl that I cut a piece off for Gary for his wood collection.

The fence that I had was made by a person in Canada. They were being sold at a woodworking show.

I removed the fence.

I opened the box and this is the fence. 31” long. The Aluminum looks like it’s about 1/4” thick. Very heavy.

This is the table mount for the fence system.

This is the hardware for mounting the fence, with the driftmaster parts. The wheel and the spindle cause the fence to swing left to right to account for the blade drift.

This is the underside for the table. There is a 1/2 nut that allows the fence to move with threads or freehand.

The package that arrived was missing some key parts. The fence was made for a Laguna bandsaw and they made a universal mount and their thought was to sell them as extras, but it was decided to include them with the driftmaster. My box didn’t have them.

This is what they look like. Very substantial.

I had to drill two 1/2” holes in my table.


I mounted them on my table.

And then screwed it into the rod.

I then put on the table surface.

I had to align the fence to be 90 deg with the table surface, and get it with a close contact with the table surface.

I picked up a piece of white pine and cut off a slice of wood. That got the piece of wood uniform in thickness.

I then cut two additional slices. These were cut with one revolution of the screw feed which is suppose to be about 70 thousands. The screws feed is metric.

So here is what I found.

My blade is around .049 Thousands and is a carbide toothed bandsaw blade and 1 revolution of the threads is .070 thousands. The blade takes .049 and it leaves .021 thousands of wood slice.

The bottom slice is
Upper left upper center upper right
Lower left lower center lower right
.013 .014 .017
.015 .015 .020

second slice
.025 .023 .021
.022 .021 .022

The thickness of the blank after the first slice
.258 .259 .260
.257 .259 .260

After the second slice
.187 .193 .186
.185 .183 .183

Now the first slice is thinner overall than the second slice because i didn’t remember where the handle was registered so i turned it further for the second slice.

The variation in the thicknesses might be caused by the pressure that I placed on the wood as it was going by the blade. I didn’t have a magnetic pressure block in front of the cut.

I’m very pleased with the cut and the ability to control the thickness.

Basicly if I want a 1/4” slice. I will need to add a .050 for the blade thickness. 4 revolutions of the threads will be .280, so I’ll need about 4 1/4 turns.

Each tick of the crank is .1MM and .004 thou. and a revolution is 1.7MM and .070 Thou.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



14 comments so far

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jockmike2

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#1 posted 05-26-2008 03:57 AM

MAN KARSON THAT LOOKS LIKE JUST THE TICKET. Pretty neat. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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GaryK

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#2 posted 05-26-2008 03:58 AM

Very cool Karson. Thanks for the review. I couldn’t install it on my granite top bandsaw though.

Did you cut vener off of the outside of the slab like they do in their video?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-26-2008 06:36 AM

Wow Karson that’s cool. I like the veneer but am more jealous that you were able to assemble the system. I have little to no mechanical ability and marvel at some of the stuff my fellow LJs come up with.

Looking forward to seeing more veneer!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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rikkor

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#4 posted 05-26-2008 12:12 PM

Resawing is the whole reason I have a bandsaw. Thanks for this review. I didn’t see anything on the $ involved, care to share that info?

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Critterman

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#5 posted 05-26-2008 01:09 PM

Excellent Review Karson. Sounds like a very accurate and easy to use system. Thanks for the great review.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 05-26-2008 01:43 PM

Looks lik a very sweet system Karson.
Your going to enjoy that accuracy.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Karson

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#7 posted 05-26-2008 02:52 PM

The price of the fence system was I think 398.00 and about 45.00 for shipping. it’s one heavy dude.

Sorry Gary the problems of having the latest technology.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#8 posted 05-26-2008 02:59 PM

And yes the thickest piece of the wood was against the fence. The veneer slice was on the outside.

Doing some math. If I were to have a 1” thick piece of wood I could get 14 slices of veneer. Each of them being about the .020 Thousands thick.

If I turned 2 revolutions on the screw I’d get 7 – 1/16” thick slices. Some nice thick veneer. I’d probably face glue the piece of wood on as a backer board so that I could keep a manageable piece of wood next to the fence for the final cuts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 05-26-2008 03:05 PM

Hi Karson;

Great review!

It looks like a great piece of equipment, well worth the price for anyone doing much resawing.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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John Gray

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#10 posted 05-26-2008 03:30 PM

Looks like Rube Goldberg might have a hand in this invention ;-0 . It sure does a great job!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 05-27-2008 04:37 AM

Impressive description and a clear communication of the quality of the fence. It looks like it does a great job.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Karson

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#12 posted 05-27-2008 05:20 AM

Thanks guys. The fence weighs a ton – maybe a little less. Once you get it set up it cuts great. I’m going to try some wider wood. Probably Sapele.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#13 posted 05-27-2008 05:25 AM

Thanks guys. The fence weighs a ton – maybe a little less. Once you get it set up it cuts great. I’m going to try some wider wood. Probably Sapele.

I’ll check out my measurements with the wider wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 08:10 PM

I was cutting some wood for a sleigh for Christmas decorations and I needed 1’16” pieces of wood. It was 1 1/2 turns and I could just peel the wood off the block. I was using 1” Cherry and Sapele. I cold bent and glued them around a 3” bend and 5 layers were exactly 5/16”. It was an easy cut.

This was the glued up piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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