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What do you do with your old bandsaw blades?

by Eric_S
posted 01-19-2011 02:58 PM


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racerglen

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 03:48 PM

They also can make good fret or coping saw blades. I lucked out in getting a bunch of new blade stock, the “offcuts” from the shop that makes my blades. Just measured ‘em up. used their shear to cut to size and awwway we go !
My 1876 or ‘78 (the last digit on the patent date’s one of the two) millers falls fret saw just uses thumb screws to hold the blades..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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bluekingfisher

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 04:29 PM

Good tip Eric, I don’t have any old B/S blades at the moment but something to remember when I do.

Cheers mate

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Donna Menke

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 05:28 PM

I read about cutting a fine toothed but wide blade to a good length, fastening down the ends flat to a board, and using the blade to cut sandpaper. Jut slip the paper under the blade and pull up sharply. Sounded like a good idea, but I’ve never done it. I always have broken blades around, but the 1/8” blades are useless for much of anything. The bigger blades I use are too coarse for that job.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Eric_S

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 05:42 PM

Great idea Donna. I think those blades will last longer than a thin razor.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 05:53 PM

there is another blog here on L J about just can´t remember who started it …sorry
but one thing it can bee used to is take a piece and file the teeth of
and you can use the peices in scratchstock´s after you have made the patern you want

Dennnis

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racerglen

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 05:57 PM

Donna, a hacksaw blade makes a great sandpaper cutter as well

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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William

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 06:08 PM

Cut a length about an inch long. Put a double bend on each end of that. Drill a hole at each end now small enough for a tiny finish nail. You have a hanger for a picture frame.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Eric_S

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 10:08 PM

Williams sounds good too, although I think I’d file down those teeth first.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 10:23 PM

here is the blog I talked about , take a look

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/20212

Dennis

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Eric_S

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 11:41 PM

Thanks Dennis. I didn’t know a topic already existed for it when I posted this.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Pop

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 11:54 PM

I have a Powermatic jig saw. I real one not what Bosch & others call a jig saw. (That’s a sabra saw) Anyhow I use 1/8 & 1/16 blades for the jig saw. They don’t make jig saw blades anymore. My machine would snatch a scroll saw blade smaller than a 9 into.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 11:58 PM

I know what you mean
things pass so quickly on L J now
just think of if every L J post one project or blog in a year
it wuold bee something around 65 things you have to go thrugh
every day. but who can stay a wake 24/7 a week ….LOL
the last month it has nearly been a hundred projects every day
its realy tuff fora project to bee between the first two pages
more than 20 minuts

so you don´t have to excuse :-)
I just tryed to help and if more people see it with your questionblog the better
recycling is a great thing to learn ( I´m not fanatic ….lol )
but sometimes I just shake my head over what people toss

but I tip my hat for L Js most of them realy try to recycle one way or another in the shops
or projects

take care
Dennis

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bandit571

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#13 posted 01-21-2011 03:57 PM

And I thank you for posting that link. Seems that I’m the one that posted it over at American Woodworker. I’ve used as few as five pieces, taped together at each end, to use like a rifler file. I once used a “backer backer board”, taped a nice, wide set of pieces to the board for a rasp. One could even make a float of sorts for those wood bodied hand planes out there.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Eric_S

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#14 posted 01-21-2011 04:26 PM

Thanks for posting it bandit!

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Greedo

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#15 posted 01-21-2011 06:27 PM

the previous owner of my bandsaw had his own idea of dealing with snapped blades, he just left them in the machine! when i was tuning it i recovered several meters of blades that were just rolled around the axle, they made a noise but you couldn’t see them.

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Pop

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#16 posted 01-21-2011 06:50 PM

Hi Folks, That idea is not new but it’s still a great idea. The Japanese have made a thing like that. I have one it’s a super duper rasp.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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helluvawreck

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#17 posted 01-21-2011 07:32 PM

You can make knives and scrapers with them. I’ve seen a good article on a woodcarving site about this somewhere but can’t remember where.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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