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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 01-08-2014 07:26 PM 1368 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally broke down and purchased a band saw and I watched the video by Alex Snodgrass 4 times while waiting for it to arrive.
The video was most informative and evidently the right way to set one up because I had occasion today to do a few resaws on some 3/4” poplar. I needed 8 box bottoms and the easiest way to get them was to resaw a few pieces I had previously cut and decided not to use them as they were. ( a cutting mistake ? naw )
Using the Grizzly fence and set on the right side of the blade to about 3/16” I started cutting. I made 2 passes on the one piece and the remainiung piece looked like it would provide a 3rd bottom so I ran it thru again. To my total amazement I did get a 3rd piece and a shaving. I couldn’t believe my eyes so I put a micrometer on the shaving that was cut off. It mic’ed .020 on all four corners so I cut the rest in the same manner and ended up with 3 shavings that were near perfect in dimension. One of the shavings had a feather edge on one corner, so I guess I must have blinked when I made the final push passed the blade.
All this rambling is just that, I apologise for that but the point to all this rhetoric is that the Grizzly did what it was supposed to do and more mostly because of the video by Alex Snodgrass.

-- Dick, Ohio



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 07:48 PM

Sweet, another happy woodworker. Ain’t life grand, and don’t you just love it when things work out well.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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woodmaker

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 08:02 PM

I did the same thing when I bought my new Grizzly bandsaw to and I just watched the video again. it is an amazing video, and I’m lusting after the stabilizer now.

Which bandsaw did you get?

-- Mike

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 08:45 PM

@ oldtool – I’m so happy that I’m pretty sure it’s illegal : )

@ woodmaker – I got the GO555LANV 14” Anniversary model – now I’m trying to figure out how to cut down the static so the dust will not hang on the unit. What STABILIZER ?? did I miss something ?

-- Dick, Ohio

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 09:18 PM

Congrats Dick, sounds like you’re in bandsaw heaven. Enjoy.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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woodmaker

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 09:35 PM

In the Snofgrass video he shows the stabilizer when he cuts out the Reindeer

-- Mike

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 12:46 AM

glad to hear your enjoying your new bandsaw.just received the same model on friday just haven’t had the time to put it together yet.hopefully this weekend.i’ll check out the snodgrass video!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 01:20 AM

New tools mean happy happy happy woodworker. Congrats.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 01-09-2014 01:35 AM

That’s some impressive resawing! What blade did you use?

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

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 01:38 AM

Hey recycle, which saw did you get? and did it come with – or – is it possible to add a riser kit?

My bandsaw is a 12” Hitachi from a close out sale at big box, only model they ever made & accessories are not available, so I had to adapt another brand riser kit. It was the best tool investment I’ve ever made. Now, not being limited to resawing 5 1/2” boards, i’m capable of going up to 11 1/2” boards.

My point here, you may want to consider a riser if not already installed. Beats planning boards down to 1/2” or less for thinner stock.

Just watch you fingers, bands saws can eat a digit as fast as a table saw. Have fun with your new toy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 01-09-2014 09:50 AM

@ whitebeast 88 – Get a helper, gheeeeezz it’s heavy when you put it together alone. Oh, and don’t tighten ANY of the nuts and bolts on the base until you get them ALL in place – don’t ask me how I know : )

@ gfavdm – I used the 1/4” blade that came with the saw. There was a 3/8” blade installed and the 1/4” in the box. Pretty good performance for a 1/4” blade.

@ oldtool – Grizzly GO555LANV – 14” – It has a 6” capacity and yes there is a riser available for it but in 40 or so years I don’t remember needing anything wider that I couldn’t resaw and edge glue together. Wish I could post a picture of my thumb that I used to test my carbide tipped table saw blade with. It took almost 35 years to bleed on one of my tools but statistically speaking – it will happen, I have a renewed respect for sharp moving things.

-- Dick, Ohio

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 01-09-2014 09:56 AM

@ woodmaker – I watched the video again, I completely missed the stabilizer portion (thinking ahead I guess) and today I’ll call them to see just what I have to do. Looks like I may have to get the conversion kit – ouch !

-- Dick, Ohio

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Picklehead

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#12 posted 01-09-2014 01:29 PM

“just received the same model on friday just haven’t had the time to put it together yet.”

Whitebeast, you gotta get your priorities straight!!!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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woodmaker

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#13 posted 01-09-2014 05:17 PM

Yep I want that stabilizer to, I also just ordered the carter Mag-fence I’m not particularly fond of the Grizzly fence, just sems flimzy to me for some reason.

-- Mike

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Capadap

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#14 posted 01-09-2014 05:20 PM

I want my grizzly bs waiting for tent sale in pa

-- As a tool fool, and an accumulator of stuff, I'm still working on my organizational skills.

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 01-09-2014 06:30 PM

@ woodmaker – I called Carter Products just moments ago and I ordered the Carter Stabilizer for my Grizzly, it’s the Standard Model #1 – STD1 $79.00 – didn’t even think to ask how much shipping ‹(•¿•)›
I was sure I had to buy a conversion kit but for once I lucked out. Check it out – it’ll make a nice birthday present for yourself.
I hope you guys have an understanding wife like mine, she never asks how much I spend on my toys err I mean tools.

-- Dick, Ohio

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