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Bandsaw Blade Rounding Tool

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Project by Deaser posted 02-09-2012 09:04 PM 2360 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I was waiting for my new Rikon 14” Deluxe Bandsaw to arrive, I made a tool to round the back of bandsaw blades. I’ve read about these in forums and catalogs as a means to improve surface finish of bandsaw cuts and allow the blade to run cooler. I remembered that I had a piece of silicon carbide in the bottom of one of my toolbox drawers that would be perfect for this. I used a scrap piece of Maple for the handle, created a shallow mortise for the stone, and used hot glue to hold it in place. The finish on the handle is boiled linseed oil. It’s a simple tool but the build was rewarding….it works well and the price was right!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania





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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 09:33 PM

Great idea – I had never known about this.
By the way, what species of wood is your bench top made of – it looks like oak, but what type of oak?

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 09:49 PM

simple but effective good job.

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 10:37 PM

great job it will serve you well!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Martyroc

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 11:21 PM

That was a nifty idea

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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NBeener

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 11:59 PM

Very nicely done.

I use one of my old Arkansas sharpening stones.

Smart that you’re doing it, in the first place, though. Little known, but … allegedly … helpful—particularly when cutting radii (is that a word ?).

-- -- Neil

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Deaser

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#6 posted 02-10-2012 02:00 AM

Ken, I’m not sure what type of oak this is, as I didn’t build it. It’s from Harbor Freight. My intention was to buy an inexpensive bench to get started on before I build my “lifetime” bench. So far it seems to serve its purpose, but I’m starting to realize some of its shortcomings, particularly with work holding and lack of mass.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-10-2012 03:38 AM

Great minds think alike. I made a blade rounder identical to yours when I got my bandsaw! HF used some really pretty wood for your bench top. Hang some weight under it or anchor it to the floor. It’s too pretty to toss.(or send it to me!).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 02-10-2012 03:55 AM

The bench wood is called “rubberwood”.
Although it is actually from the Maple family , it is sometimes referred to as Malaysian Oak because of its large pores… it comes from Malaysia and also Thailand. The latex sap is harvested and made into rubber. When the tree dies , the wood is harvested.

http://www.oakplus.com/rubberwood.htm

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Ranger97ab

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#9 posted 02-10-2012 05:38 AM

Thats a really cool tool, I’ve never heard of that either. I’ll have to try that

-- I Live for Sawdust Flying ! Randy- Lacombe, Alberta

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#10 posted 02-10-2012 05:56 AM

I have a few of the stones laying around. I’ve been meaning to make one of these but I can never find the stones when I want to make one…
Congrats on the new bandsaw. I hope it treats you well.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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freighttrain

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#11 posted 02-11-2012 04:17 PM

i never had heard of this this is why i love this site im always learning something from the people on here thanks for sharing this tip very cool do you just round it over or taper the back side of the blade thinner too. love it when i learn things lol

-- freighttrain,ky

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Deaser

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#12 posted 02-12-2012 01:31 AM

Freighttrain, I don’t taper the blade, but rather just round off the sharp edges. Before you do, you should clean out the dust from the inside of the saw and disconnect the dust collector just to be safe.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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