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Just for Fun... #53: Adjustments...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-10-2011 01:16 PM 5167 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fun lately, has been in the form of fine-tuning and cleaning my “new” band saw…
After purchasing a couple of Timberwolf Blades, I fed one on and centered it on the tires… (Tires, which will have to be replaced, when the budget allows…)Centering blade on tires...
I quickly discovered that my Dad had the guides set to the left, pulling the blade in and towards the body of the saw… Perhaps this is more desirable for metal cutting but I can’t help but feel it would cause undue stress on the guides, friction to the blade, and a general “quicker wear” on all parts involved…
I straightened them out to the blade, Upper…Upper Guide...

And Lower…Underview...
The blade now rides straight from wheel to wheel, rather than bowing to the left…
When my Brother and I moved this saw here, the table of the saw was a very convenient place to grab hold of… but resulted in the table being a little out of whack when I returned it to the set-screw setting…Adjustments to make...
But I had a hunch, which proved to be a good one… A tiny clump of metal chips had fallen on top of the screw and was “just enough” to keep the table from seating on the screw… A quick paper towel wipe, above and below, solved the problem…Almost Square...
This thing is ready for some cuttin’!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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degoose

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 01:34 PM

Remember to play safe…and have fun..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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littlecope

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 01:46 PM

Safe and Fun… Got it… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 02:22 PM

I know it may sound crazy, but I love giving tools like this a sprucing up – making sure that everything is clean and in good repair and properly aligned. It is like having a brand new tool to work with and it just FEELS good to make stuff with it. It is good to see someone else who is enthusiastic about this too. :)

The saw looks great and ready to go. I can’t wait to see what is coming!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-10-2011 02:33 PM

Mike, it looks like you have yourself a fine saw. Good job on aligning the guides and with that new blade, you should be in business.
I like to back away all the guide wheels when installing a new blade and then after it is centered and tensioned, carefully move the wheels to just touch the blade. They should not be forcing it out of it’s natural line with the top and bottom.

My crystal ball says there is a bandsaw box in the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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littlecope

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#5 posted 08-10-2011 02:50 PM

Sheila, it doesn’t sound crazy to me at all!!
I’ve spent a lot of time just admiring this machine… It’s a handsome thing, in its own way, and is cleaning up very nicely for its age… I have a sign to make for my Brother Scott’s new camp and it may finally see some use on that project…
But after that, I have a box (or two) to make, and this will definitely see some action… :)

Jim, the owner’s manual agreed with you… Right guide just touching the blade, Left guide separated from the blade by a scrap of paper… I have no plans for a band sawn box at this time though… You’d better have your Crystal Ball checked my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 08-10-2011 03:35 PM

congrat´s with your new toy Mike :-)
some job to get up into the apartment … it most weight a ton
glad I hadn´t to deal with it even though I wuold do alot
to have the oppetunity to look at such a buty in my own shop when the times come

enjoy and have good time with it

Dennis

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littlecope

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#7 posted 08-10-2011 04:14 PM

Sorry I have no pictures of the move Dennis… You said once that you enjoy looking at pix of people moving… But I had my hands full, believe me… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 08-10-2011 11:24 PM

:-) yeah the right pictures …. you know those that is taken the splitsecond after people
realise they either look silly or they realise this is going realy wrong and the photographer
had seen it long before and is cool enoff to take the picture/serie at the right secund :-)
not those where they hurt themself badly … just those you can lough at 1 hour later :-)

take care
Dennis

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lew

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#9 posted 08-11-2011 12:25 AM

Mike,
I’m certain your Dad will be guiding your hands and mind as you create all sorts of new boxes, hinges and projects!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Bob Kollman

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#10 posted 08-12-2011 08:09 AM

Looks good Mike, I was talking to one of the fab guys at work, they have a powermatic table saw
with the new gold color, I thought the saw was maybe 15-20 years old, turns out it is 30 years
new….The powermatics have a long life. Grate machine!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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mafe

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#11 posted 08-16-2011 12:19 AM

That sure looks like a wonderful bandsaw!
And this will open so many posibilities for you now.
Congrat.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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