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Posted on Finally got me a little band saw... What are your favorite jigs or recommended jigs?

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 01:06 AM

Hi Angie,
Nice Delta bandsaw … 71/2 inch??? I think it’s a 12 inch. measure from the blade to the back of the throat … (the post that goes up to the top wheel) that throat width (blade to post) is the size of the saw.
Yes, build a fence first, mine is a 3 1/2” X 5” angle with support braced to keep it at 90 degrees, I use the short side for general use and the long side for resawing, just clamp it to the table and fine adjust with a tap of the mallet. Make it a bit longer than your table. I used plywood for stability.
Blade tention is important, I raise my guides to 6” above the table and look for 1/4” deflection to the blade. there is usually a guage some where on the saw, but not all blades have exactly the same circumfrence, so the guage reading will very.
Now for the blades … Alot of folks will tell you that this blade is better than that blade … And they may be right, for the type of work that they do … For us beginners with limited budgets, We will use a mid priced blade and have about three sizes … I use a 3/16”, a 1/4”, and a 3/4” inch blades for the verious work that I do. The 1/4” is the most used.
When you do finally buy a new blade, you will have to round the back of the blade with a stone so that you can make tighter arced cuts.
Now with all that in mind take a piece of wood and make some cuts, to see what it will do. and have fun safely, keep your fingers away from the path of the blade.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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