|Forum topic by FrankLad||posted 10-02-2009 08:53 PM||3555 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
10-02-2009 08:53 PM
Well, with more and more requests for wooden rings made from customer-supplied wood, I decided to purchase a bandsaw. Up until now, I’ve been getting by with splitting thin stock in some species (hickory, oaks… really easy) or carefully cutting by hand with a pullsaw and sanding down to the appropriate thickness for bending.
I went with a Craftsman 10” Bandsaw from Sears, primarily because my uncle owns the exact model and I was able to test it on actual material. Secondly, it was under $200. I didn’t see the need for anything bigger given the nature of the work I do.
Over the past weekend I ripped Pine, Osage Orange, Leadwood, Blue Mahoe, Bethlehem Olive Wood, and finally… Black Palm. The rough strips are cut at something close to 1.5MM (the blade is sitting pretty close to the rip fence) and sanded down with a belt sander, both to achieve appropriate thickness (less than 1mm), and to remove the bandsaw marks. It whined through the harder woods (pretty much all of them except the pine), where I had to really take it slow.
What I’m after are recommendations on 70.5” bandsaw blades. Are there any more suited toward harder woods? Also, it’ll take up to a 1/2” blade, which I’m thinking will be better given the nature of straight rip cuts I’m doing.
Here’s one I’m looking at now:
What are your thoughts?
-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com