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The Band Saw Accessories...made in the Shop #1: Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 1388 days ago 3721 reads 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of The Band Saw Accessories...made in the Shop series Part 2: Bandsaw Crosscut Sled »

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison, Inventor and Scientist (1847 – 1931)

Often times in our woodworking shops we need to cut thin wood strips for our projects and in many cases the table saw is often considered the tool of choice by woodworkers. However, the band saw is proving to be the winner in my workshop especially when very thin strips of wood are needed for my wood projects such as wood inlay. The way it is done in my shop is very simple, safe, and accurate. Plus, less wood becomes sawdust. Let me show you my technique on the band saw.

Read more about Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw.

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Learn about the Band Saw Rip Fence made in the Shop.
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Eric_S

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#1 posted 1388 days ago

Great idea Bob I’ll have to try this. You did a great job with the video too.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 1388 days ago

Very good Bob…
... but isn’t it easier & faster to cut them on left side? Set it once, forget it, & cut’em?
... like in your previous video…?

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Simmons

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#3 posted 1388 days ago

Eric…You’ll be glad you did. Thanks for your acknowledgement!

Joe…As you well know…I’ve done it both ways. If you are cutting thin strips and want uniform thickness I would recommend this method over the previous method. Why?

This method with the band saw rip fence and the thin rip jig w/ bearing is far superior in my opinion. It is even safer. The board being cut is controlled between the fence and the roller bearing so there is no lateral movement. The straight rip cut is under control and as a result the strip maintains a uniform thickness throughout. Because the board has pressure in only one direction it is also safer. (There’s no need to press the board against the fence as in the previous demonstration.) In this instance of ripping on the band saw the woodworker can simply push on one end and push the board all the way through if the board is wide enough. He can also use a push stick or he can simply walk around to the back side of the band saw and pull the board through to finish the cut. I like the first technique however, I love this method much more.

”Set it one time and forget it.”
In this case the roller bearing is set. There is little to no effort to simple adjust the rip fence especially when it is already clamped to the regular fence. Unlock…slide over to the board…lock…let ‘er rip.

Some may say that the table saw blade offers a cleaner cut than a band saw blade and I would agree. However, if I am making something that requires a smooth parallel edge such as when I make wood inlay bandings I will use the band saw technique and run the wood strips through the open drum sander which takes little effort and time. Plain and simple..the band saw technique is many times safer than the table saw method (no kickback) and with less waste of material. I think if you try this technique then you will see in short time the advantage of this method. My Best!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 1388 days ago

Thank you, Bob! Very good explanation!

I didn’t see a ‘roller bearing’ at the point of the Rockler jig… Makes sense… a nice smooth operation…

I liked the way of feeding the piece through the band saw… no pain or train!

I’ll have to try that some time…

Yes, I feel the Band saw is far more safe than the table saw… I love the band saw… It’s the first Saw I think of to do something on… If it can do it, it does it… It and router are my favorites…

Thank you again! Great tip!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Simmons

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#5 posted 1388 days ago

Joe…check out the complete article if you haven’t already. It gives the complete explanation.

Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 1387 days ago

Well done I like it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BobG

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#7 posted 1387 days ago

Nice demonstration, I’ll have to give your method a try. Please be careful of the ring! Wouldn’t want to hear about a lost finger.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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