Well, I’m REALLY new at the woodworking game, and I went out and bought myself a lot of power tools during the Christmas Holidays. One of which is a 15” floor model bandsaw. Today I decided I am going to start a bandsaw box. So I glued a bunch of wood together and stated to cut through. Rememer, this is my very first time using a bandsaw. I noticed it wasn’t feeding as I figured that it should, suddenly smoke started coming out of the wood, I stopped everything, checked the wood, metered the temp of the blade using my digital laser thermometer and all appeared well. I started it back up and continued the cut. It took a long time to go through the 6” x 12” chunk of pine and cedar softwood.
I decided I am going to change blades, when I looked at the teeth of the blade I noticed they were pointing the wrong direction – up instead of down, how can this be?!? I don’t think you can put a bandsaw blade on upside down. Maybe I got a defective blade. oh well, I put on a thinner blade to start making the intricate cuts on my box and as I was coiling the blade to put it away, it flipped inside out and the teeth were now pointing in the right direction. Wow… I guess it can go on upside down.
How embarrassing… I don’t think I’m going to tell anyone about this for fear of ribbing.
So, what I want to know is…
1 – Has this happened to you ?
2 – Is it because it’s a cheap blade ?
I’ve learned another lesson among many since I started this hobby and now I will know to check this in the future.
Thanks for listening.
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