I routed in grooves on the fence of my new resawing jig for screwing logs to it, and with that, it was ready for action:
Here’s a video – shot on yesterday’s lunch break, edited together last night, with the jig I made on Sunday – of my very first resawing work. The Timberwolf blade works very well, with no resistance and a clean cut. The Craftsman 18” wood/metal bandsaw is a slightly different story. It’s wobbly, which is just a ‘feature’ of its flimsy housing – nothing I can tighten down any more than it already is – but it gets the job done, and if the first plank is any indication, it’s going to serve me for resawing admirably. Veneering may be a little difficult, unless I go a bit thick, and plan to sand everything down a lot. I can’t express how much fun this was. I’ve been waiting for months to finally make a jig and try this out. I think I’m going to have a very exciting year of watching 1” slabs dry :)
Here’s my first cut ever!
And the first 1” slab, ready for a year of drying:
I ordered a metal detector wand (the Lumber Wizard III) from Rockler this morning, and a 5gal. bucket of Anchorseal from UC Coatings. It’s time to get serious!
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator