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Re-sawing is a breeze

Re-sawing is a breeze

191 days ago by CharlesA | 15 comments »

I’ve been frustrated resawing on my bandsaw. I have a Craftsman (Rikon) 12” that serves me well. I thought I’d just use my Olson 1/2” 3 tpi skip blade, but my results were really frustrating to me. The cut was rough and labored. I did a little research and realized I had some technique problems, but the cut still was not acceptable to me. So I decided I’d try the famous Highland Woodworking Wood Slicer 1/2” resaw blade. I am stunned at how easily it ...

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Carter Rikon 14" Deluxe Micro Adjust Guide Conversion Kit

Carter Rikon 14" Deluxe Micro Adjust Guide Conversion Kit

195 days ago by Jeff_in_KCMO | 9 comments »

I’ve been living with my Rikon 14” Deluxe bandsaw since I purchased it about a year ago. I’ve resawn a handful of lumber, cut out some cabriole legs, made jigs… a fairly rounded work history. It’s been okay, but I felt like the blade never really tracked properly even after a lengthy and tedious tuneup. Then, I decided to make the plunge and purchase a set of Carter Micro Adjust guide bearings… POW! I just won at life. Yes they are expensive, and, ye...

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First Re-Saw with this blade

First Re-Saw with this blade

395 days ago by Adam | 7 comments »

I had purchased a 1 hp King bandsaw for $80 off Kijiji (Canada’s Craig List) and gage it a complete overhaul and added a 6” riser kit to it. I purchased a Little Ripper Bandsaw blade for $36 from R&D Bandsaws are located in Brampton, Ontario, just 30 min from me. This is my first real experience re-sawing anything substantial with it and it worked very well. This is 12” of hard maple and the surface finish is not the best but that is because I kept on stopping a sta...

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This blade changed how I feel about my bandsaw.

This blade changed how I feel about my bandsaw.

414 days ago by jeffwedekind | 10 comments »

Like many of us woodworkers, I had a love hate relationship with my bandsaw. I bought a Jet 14 inch saw many years ago and quickly installed a riser block on it. I made the huge mistake of using the blade that came with it , as well as assuming the index pins on the block were set properly. After struggling with this setup for many years, I did some research and concluded I needed to tune this beast up. I did the whole co-planar thing(including filing the pins on the block to make that ...

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Turn short thick logs into useful lumber at home

Turn short thick logs into useful lumber at home

524 days ago by Elizabeth | 11 comments »

I have been eying this bandsaw log mill for a couple of years now, and decided to use some Christmas money to finally get one. I got to play with it over the last couple of evenings, working with a piece of maple that I got off of Craigslist last year for free. It was green when I got it but has been drying in my shop and is now at about 12% moisture. Assembly of the mill is pretty straightforward. It’s HEAVY so make sure you have a large clear spot on your work surface. The most...

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Custom made sanding belts for the band saw

Custom made sanding belts for the band saw

539 days ago by PatrickB | 4 comments »

I ordered these a week ago and love them. You can order them any length with many widths to choose from. I ordered 3 ea. in 1/4”, 3/8”, & 1/2” in varying grits and they are the cats meow. The only down side was it took a while for them to arrive, about two weeks. Remove the bearing guides and set the tension and away you go. I’ve used them on end grain, curves, tight areas, they fit just about any where. The main thing is have one of those sanding belt belt cleaner...

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Carter MagFence II

Carter MagFence II

582 days ago by BigDawg | 8 comments »

My 14” Rikon band saw is dedicated to re-sawing and other straight cuts. I was not happy with the original fence and I purchased this Carter magnet-based fence. I’ve worked with it for some and now I offer a review with both the positives and the negatives in my opinion. As expected, the quality and the workmanship are outstanding. This tool is well made. The fence is held very securely with the 2 included 30mm MagSwitches. There are 4 places to hold the MagSwitches, so you can adjust it t...

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Great Bandsaw Blade

Great Bandsaw Blade

594 days ago by NormG | 8 comments »

After Reading MBS’ review I ordered the same blade. It arrived today while I was at work. Very well packaged and in good shape. After dinner, I went out to the shop and installed on my newer Craftsman 12” 89 1/2” blade (Similar to the Rikon). It is a great saw. After about 15 minutes of setup it was ready to go. Blade is noticeably quieter than the Timber Wolf blades I have been using. I followed the instructions and used a slower rate to break the blade in. The I ...

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The most incredible value in the industry

The most incredible value in the industry

599 days ago by musicgioni | 22 comments »

I bought a new Rikon 18” band Saw for my shop a few weeks ago. This is really my first band saw and I am very happy with it. I decided on buying a couple of after market blades by a very reputable manufacturer but I had so many issues with them that I send those back to woodcraft where I bought them. The third blade came directly from the manufacturer and for some reason did much better for me than the first two. Still, cuts with this 3/4” wide, 2-3 TPI blade were not as smooth a...

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