How to adjust for Band Saw Drift

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 01-26-2011 08:39 PM 8225 reads 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodworking skills are vitally important to the apprentice as well as the journeyman. As woodworkers we are continually faced with new challenges as we explore the craft of woodworking. One of these eventual challenges is band saw blade drift.


What is band saw blade drift?


How can it be corrected?


Recommended Video: How to adjust for Band Saw Blade Drift


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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 09:39 PM

Very GOOD, Bob…

I also really enjoyed the Shoe skit… FUNNY!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 11:05 PM

Fascinating – how well all the points are made in the video without the need for voiceover.
Was that why the chosen ad at the beginning for ‘gocompare’ was the ‘silent film’ version :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 11:53 PM

Great video and website, Thanks so much for sharing it. I spent some time looking at his other videos and there appears to be a lot of good and useful information there. Again thanks.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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Bob Simmons

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 02:24 AM

Don… Thanks for taking a look. Glad you found the information useful.

bubbyboy…You’re welcome! Come back when you have more time.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 03:00 AM

That was a very good video. Thanks for the information.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Canadian Woodworks

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 03:14 AM

I do things a bit different in that I rip the the thin strip between the blade and fence, so I can rip may lamination’s with out moving the fence.

I typically rip 2.2mm and 1/8’’ strips but have also do the 3/32 slices

Is there a reason you slice your strip off the outside of the blade?

Oh and I do like the video I like the lack of voice over…. most of the time

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 04:56 AM

Excillent video Bob, No hipe, just down to earth woodworking techniques. Some day, I would like to know how you cool your shop during the 115 days of summer. We are in woodworking Heaven now with the 70 degree temperatures here in Chandler AZ.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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Bob Simmons

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 05:06 AM

Emmett…Thanks for taking a look. You’re more than welcome!

Paul and Joe…In the following articles and videos I have written and demonstrated why I prefer “slicing the strip off the outside of the blade.” Previously, I used the same technique as you describe. If you give this technique a try as it is demonstrated in the video and study article I believe you will understand my reasoning.

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay one the band Saw

Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw

*Band Saw Rip Fence made in the Shop beneficial to keep the bearing guide assembly low and it is safer as well.)

Thanks for your interest! Let me know how it works out for you.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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Bob Simmons

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 05:16 AM

TheOldTimer…Thank you! Woodworking is meant to be down to earth. That’s the beauty of the craft. Mid-60s in Las Vegas now and a great time for woodworking. 70s is even better. You’ve got a good thing going in Chandler, AZ. In summer I can make it OK at 105. 110 is pushing it, however I’ve done it when necessary. However, when the temperature really cranks up I’ll try to get my work done in the early morning. I suppose I could ask the same question of you as well. Thanks for your interest!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 06:57 AM

Very well done video. No shaky movements, no fuzzed out shots. Easy to follow.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 08:18 AM

a great video, but seems like an awful lot of work than just setting your blade tracking every time you change the blade. kinda why they put that knob there on the back.
BTW, rings and machinery are a bad idea.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Bob Simmons

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 03:21 PM

juniorJoiner…Glad you enjoyed the video. I recommend that you read the article also give it a try before you make your judgement. ”kinda why they put that knob there on the back.” …There’s more to it than that.
My decision to wear my wedding ring while in the workshop is my decision. Each to their own.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 04:19 PM

Good stuff Bob. I have ran into this issue on my band saw personaly. Now I know what to do about it.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 05:40 PM

Dear Bob,

Thank you Bob for your great video(s) it’s very nice to look at and must to learn from.
I think I can learn a lot from your videos, thank you for that.

I wish you all the best.


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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Bob Simmons

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#15 posted 01-27-2011 08:03 PM

Dan…Thanks! It’s something all of us eventually come across. Hope it helps.

Schummie…Your always welcome. Thank you. My hope is to make more for you. Keep in touch.


-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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