My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #5: First Band Saw, New Horizons

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 03-11-2013 01:58 PM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Readers,

Well Yesterday I finished setup of my first band saw. I started at the low end because that is what my business could afford and I am also learning the ropes. I read lots of reviews for the Ryobi Band saw from Home Depot and after some consideration and education on Band Saw tuning, I went out and bought one… That was Saturday. Turns out the one I picked was busted so after returning and swapping for store credit, traveling to a different store 20 miles away, inspecting the item in the parking lot and finally making it home I started to tune just about everything on the saw.

From calibrating the cutting deck to balancing the blade and more, I was busy for a good 2 hours. When I finally had completed balancing the bells and whistles I had before me a working Band Saw. You can imagine I wanted to try it out… so I did. I practiced on a few scraps and then filled an order of blocks I had waiting. I found I need to get a larger blade for the larger projects, but I have to say it works like a charm. Now I can design new products for my shop! How is that for excitement?

My tip for this: You are in control, but don’t get pushy.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 02:00 PM

You are doing a logical job of proceeding with your business.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Bob817's profile


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#2 posted 03-11-2013 02:09 PM

Congrats. to you and the new bandsaw, hope you have the best of luck with it

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 03:24 PM

I’m glad that you like your new saw. I would also like to say that I wish you all the success in the world with your business. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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