Do you hate your bandsaw?

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 04-01-2016 11:13 AM 732 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been looking at Mark Wilsons timber blog adventures and it reminded me of my attempts to do something similar August last year.
I heard a chain saw working and ventured out to find a pine tree getting cut down, I managed to skull drag two pieces back home.

They lay in the yard for some time and it got to the stage I wondered if I could actually use them,
the only tool to prep them was my bandsaw so I used it to set up my “sawmill”

I cut any sticks off with the bush saw and screwed my trueing board onto the log, set up rollers to balance everything so I could manage the log and feed it accurately into the bandsaw.

I made the first cut which took a considerable amount of time as I wanted a good datum line for the remainder.
Once this was done I reattached the log first cut down ready to go again.

The processing this time was a lot quicker and this was the result

As the results were motivating (little did I realise the damage being done) I continued on, I didnt need the trueing board any more and worked off the milled edges

Then cut side 3 and 4.

This was the final result a piece of pine about 100mm sq tucked away for air seasoning

What I failed to appreciate was that the sticky pine resin got everywhere, hands, clothing, bench, rollers, and most importantly right through my bandsaw, and as a result I spent the rest of the day cleaning the tyres and just about every other part of my bandsaw, along with any equipment I used.
My clothes went in the bin, and just to add insult to injury about 7 months later (Like Easter Just past) I checked the logs progress and I found it had developed a huge bow, so that signed its death sentence, no more never again will I do that!

I dug a hole lit a fire and burnt it.

I guess it wasnt a total waste, it made a great marshmellow toasting fire for the grandkids !

Some things you just shouldnt do to your bandsaw.

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 01:54 PM

Rob, amen. There are some things that just don’t work out. I had a similar experience. People try to give me logs all the time and now I simply tell them that I am not set up to do that. I must say that it was a fearless and valiant effort on your part, and the marshmallows look delicious.

-- Big Al in IN

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 07:39 PM

Thank you for doing that, Rob. Now I don’t have to.
Pine. Eeeew. I say leave the Pine to the professionals at the mills. The only Pine that I ever use is in the form of 2×4s, 6s, and so on. Even if it’s kiln-dried, the pitch build-up on my table saw is nightmarish.
Check what I dream about:
Yes, it’s the same machine.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 09:09 PM

Thanks men,
I never posted it at the time and it was only just recently I decided that if somebody else tried it and damaged their gear or themselves I would feel partly responsible/guilty by not saying anything.

I follow Matthias Wandel quite regulary since originally finding a video he did on wooden gears and again later on he posted a blade angle chart for cutting pentagons on the table saw.

He is the type of person the world needs more of as he can produce working machines which are worthwile doing.
I know I do not have the skills or motivation to do the same I just go buy stuff and enjoy the wood working aspects

See if you can find the air raid siren he made from wood, very funny.

Building the air raid siren – YouTube

-- Regards Robert

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Tony Slattery

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#4 posted 04-01-2016 09:31 PM

Pine – you gotta love it. Thanks for doing that, as Mark said, now a whole lot of us don’t have to.

I am surrounded by forest, not pine but gum trees, but I will leave that to the saw mills. Even they have their logs trucked in.

One question though about the first few photos – are they holy rollers? Maybe that’s where you went wrong.

-- Tony, Australia,

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 11:52 PM

Very interesting videos…

... too much for me to tackle at this time in my life…

That Mathias is a true Genius… awesome stuff he does…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 12:40 PM

Ditto what BigAl said.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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