One Man's Junk - Chair #3: Using the Bandsaw

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-07-2008 01:24 AM 1703 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was a little later getting out in the shop today as an unexpected errand popped up.

The first thing I did was trace out the patterns on the wood. You can see the seat and the arm pieces sketched out on poplar.

I then checked the thickness of the arm pieces . . . I needed 1 5/8” and they were a tad over 1 ¾”. The back pieces of the chair were also 1 ¾ and had to be taken down to 1 1/8”. I dragged out the planer and a few passes later they were in spec.

Next it was off to the bandsaw. I did some practicing on scrap to get a feel for how the machine works and then it was off to the races. Betsy . . . I did cut reliefs after I took these two pictures. I cut reliefs in all the other pieces which made it much easier to cut. When I was done I had about 100 little bits on lumber on the floor.

Oh . . . this was the garb I was wearing when working with the BS.

Here are the final pieces. A little bit rough in spots, but a little sanding should smooth everything right out.

WARNING . . . even though bandsaws are probably one of safest power tools in the shop, they can still inflict damage. Whenever I used power tools I wear the tight fitting mechanic’s gloves. I was thankful I was wearing them today. I was getting close to finishing and I was a little tired and not paying the correct amount of attention and this is what happened to my glove. It just nicked my finger. LESSON . . . be careful around all power tools.

Here is my shop companion for the day . . . his name is Chicklet.

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 01:35 AM

Great post and safety tips.

Are those Carter Bearings? How do you like them?


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#2 posted 07-07-2008 01:35 AM

The real question is, “What does Chicklet think of your project?” Or better, what did he think of your bandsaw outfit?

I’m enjoying watching this project progress. I keep telling myself I should pay more attention and take some progess photos, but I’m still too eager just to build and forget about everything when I’m in that mode.

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 03:54 AM

Nice work so far Zuki; I understand what you are saying; I had something similar happen earlier this year...

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 08:43 AM

Great work, can’t wait to see it finished!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 07-11-2008 08:45 AM

Nice work so far …...Though …...I would think it more dangerous to wear gloves around any power tool than not wearing them ….!!!!!
That is the wonderful thing about the USA …we can be just as dangerous as possible around our power tools …Its a free country ..

Thanks for sharing …

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 05:24 PM

I’ve never worn gloves when using my bandsaw. I don’t think you have as much control.

The main thing is to keep your fingers at least 2” away from the blade at all times.

Check out this pretty good power point on bandsaw safety.

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