Resawing without a bandsaw

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Forum topic by jpw1995 posted 09-21-2007 11:41 PM 1840 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2007 11:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resaw bandsaw

I thought I remembered seeing a discussion on this topic before, but I can’t seem to locate it. Does anyone know any good techniques for resawing without a bandsaw? I have a Rigid, but I don’t have a riser block. This, of course, means that I only have 6” of resaw capacity. I need to resaw and 9” wide board, and I need the full width so I can’t rip it down to 6” or less. Any ideas?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 11:50 PM

Use your bandsaw to make a frame saw

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#2 posted 09-22-2007 03:36 AM

You can cut a groove down each edge with your table saw, gradualy raising the blade up to full height.. Then use a handsaw to cut through the middle of it. The groove helps to guide it

Just be careful and down think about standing the board up one its ends for a run through the saw. Plane both faces first and then you can just plane off the weird middle piece later.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 09-22-2007 04:23 AM

Gizmodyne has a good idea there, but I think you can get even more with the table saw. You could stand the board up on end and run it through if you have a tenoning jig. The frame saw is my favorite idea so far. Get back to what people had to do before electricity. You’ll give your arms a great workout.

You could also try to get some time in the shop of a local highschool. The one by my house won’t let me use the tools (for liability reasons) but they did say they could have their students do some work for me.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#4 posted 09-22-2007 05:26 AM

Or if you have a store that sells wood, they’ll often do a single cut for you on their 12 or 14” bandsaw for a buck or three. Cheaper by far than affording your own large enough bandsaw.

You usually have to have a relationship with them to do this, but that ain’t hard. Just hang around and buy the occasional bit of stuff. Handy to have that kind of friend.

I have used Gizmodyne’s method, though, resawing a couple pieces of mahogany that I bought on eBay…

-- Dean, Missouri

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