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The Ficus Grudge Match #1: -or- Why I Want a Grown-Up Bandsaw

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 12-18-2015 07:01 AM 1365 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started with a slab of Ficus, about 15” across at its widest, and five inches thick. Completely dried out, lying on the back patio since I brought it home early this year. Small cracks, but, no through-cracks, except in the crotch area – out of my line of fire. I really, really need a grown-up bandsaw. The photos tell the story.

Bowl #1 is done. See Projects.

Thanks for coming.

Ships are safe in harbor. But, that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark



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stefang

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#1 posted 12-18-2015 12:25 PM

I agree that a big bandsaw is a wonderful addition to any wood shop. I bought my 18” bandsaw 6 years ago and even though it is Chinese made and far from even the better Chinese bandsaws, I still love it. It’s 2hp and it’s large capacity has made my life a lot easier and encouraged me to take on tasks that i wouldn’t have bothered with earlier. I find it especially handy for resawing large planks and also for general ripping operations. Another advantage is the ability to cut tall blanks from log cut-offs and also to cut boards from logs as you can see here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-18-2015 01:53 PM

...and a bandsaw would have been quicker.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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shipwright

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 02:29 PM

Not large in size Mark but the ShopSmith bandsaw is a very good quality machine. Keep an eye on Craigslist and Ebay. In your area they should come up fairly often and not be too expensive.
Check out this blog: http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/40311

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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RootandBranch

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 06:36 PM

Great post Mark. I’d love to have a stand alone, bigger bandsaw too but I make do with my SS. Does me fine as long as I don’t overtax it.

Might consider a cheap, electric chainsaw for the shop. I have one and can use it anytime without annoying the neighbors. Cuts like a beaver hacking trees down but does the job when I need to rough out a log.

-- Don, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootandBranchGifts - http://facebook.com/rootandbranchgifts

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leafherder

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 08:55 PM

Maybe, just maybe, the Ficus did not want to be three bowls. :) Seriously, great use of tools on hand to creatively solve a difficult problem. You were thinking outside the box on this one – or should I say thinking outside the bowl?

Have a Great weekend and Merry Christmas.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 12:57 AM

You are a glutton for punishment. Lacking a bandsaw, a recip saw with a long demolition blade would be faster.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 06:51 AM

Yeah. Another thing I wish I had.

-- Mark

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htl

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#8 posted 12-19-2015 06:18 PM

I love it when you all come up with a very important and interesting subject and then have fun with it. lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 11:28 AM

Where there are a will there are a way.
Merry Christmas,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 11:56 AM

Back at ya, Mafe.

-- Mark

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mafe

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#11 posted 12-21-2015 01:29 PM

;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 05:06 AM

Mark, you get an A for effort and perseverance! You need to dock the chainsaw’s pay for not coming into work when needed!

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 12-26-2015 07:47 AM

I’ve got four of the stinkin’ things here. And not a one of them wants to work. Thanks for reminding me why I’ve been thinking of going to Lowe’s, Candy. Every time I’m out and about, I think, What was it I was gonna get? _ Spark Plugs and Filters. Now that I’ve seen it in writing, mebees I’ll remember.

-- Mark

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CFrye

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 08:00 AM

What was it I was gonna get?
How many times have I asked that question!?

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 12-26-2015 08:22 AM

I’ve been doing that for two weeks, Candy. Since I brought home the Palm tree pieces. Middle-of-the-night: Spark plugs; Filters. Lowe’s, closed. Next day. Out and about: What the heck?????

-- Mark

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