size of bandsaw for band saw boxs

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Forum topic by pallystu posted 07-31-2015 11:04 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2015 11:04 PM

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Well I made a little band saw box for my girlfriend while I was at work in my machine shop…was a huge floor model made for metal working so it had the power but the cuts still went pretty slow…Im pretty sure the blade was dull but im not to sure since the depth of cut was around 4 1/2 inches. the box was about 7” long 4 3/8”deep and 3” tall and made of santos rose wood which I hear is pretty rough on blade life. so my real question is do you need that much power to cut into 4 or 5 inch thick woods? I honestly really liked making the band saw box as I got to use some pretty cool looking curves and did not have to worry about milling the lumber square or parallel but I don’t want to drop a ton of money on a new power tool I will only use for one or two processes. I am pretty sure if I use a nice sharp blade I could possibly push the “max cut” a little bit…for example this one from menards says it can cut up to 3-5/8” material but it has a 9” throat and I think most of my boxes will be about half an inch or an inch thicker than what it says is the max thickness. do you guys have any issues doing these boxes on a table top band saw?

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#1 posted 08-01-2015 12:02 AM

You do not need a big band saw to do that. You do need the proper blade. The metal blades usually have a high tooth count and for cutting wood need fewer and different shaped teeth..

Probably a 14” bandsaw would be fine.

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#2 posted 08-01-2015 11:51 AM

I have been using my Rikon 10-325 to make bandsaw boxes and it does fine on thick hardwoods. I picked up a C-man 10” benchtop saw( #214000) so I didn’t have to change blades during the process. The C-man won’t cut the mustard or 5” of hardwood. It’s a handy little saw but worthless for this task. I think a 3/4 HP, 6” depth of cut would be a minimum IMHO.

Good luck

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 01:40 AM

I have a 10” C-man 175.00 new, and I have no problems cutting 4x oak with a 3 tpi blade just go slow.

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 03:55 AM

A 14” bandsaw will be more than adequate.

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 12:03 PM

Go 14” You’ll be glad you did down the road…

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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