So quite awhile back I was blessed with a Walker Turner 14” bandsaw for just $100 bucks, which I lauded as my way to finally resaw all these cool boards I’ve ammassed- and to this day I still cant get the blade to stay on. Harumph!
So I finally got fed up and said to myself, how hard can it be to resaw by hand!? Since I got my Disston D-7 5 1/2 ppi rip saw, I haven’t even tried! My previous attempts were so awful, that I was discouraged…
I started with a test piece of HARD pallet wood that I still am not sure what it is. Its only about 3×2in x5/8ths. After marking the center with the marking gauge, i vised it up at an angle (so im not cutting all endgrain) and sliced it in half. (my only tip for that is to use the same kerf you started with. Dont try to flip it over and start a kerf from the other side)
Hand sanded from 120 – 100 & BLO.
Its so hard I cant dent it with my fingernail, it has a feathered grain pattern, and its heavy. Guesses encouraged.
This here is a piece of figured poplar i salvaged from the dumpster behind my favorite cabinet shop. It’s small, about 3×8 x 3/4in.
I saw some figure hiding in there so I shined it up with BLO and thats the way it stayed for about 8 months…
Until this weekend. This is after resaw and a light planing
After some belt sanding – No flash used here because without finish you cant see the figure using flash apparently.
So as you can see there is some potential here.
Just sharin my thoughts. Contrary to my previous belief, resawing by hand for small boards is easy and can yield awesome results with the right board.
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram