|Forum topic by Wannabe WoodWorkers||posted 09-30-2015 10:42 PM||5007 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
09-30-2015 10:42 PM
Had a client drop off a couple small blocks of ironwood that he wants cut into knife handles. I’m doing my due diligence to learn how to work with this stuff before making any sawdust and was hoping for some input here on doing that safely and effectively.
I saw some youtube vids that recommend gluing the ironwood to a larger piece of wood to give you something to hang onto when you are cutting but I’d rather avoid the circular blades to prevent waste, I want to save the scraps for a little inlay work so I’m thinking bandsaw.
The bandsaw came with a 6 tpi blade about as sharp as a butter knife (that’s an exaggeration, a butter knife is actually much sharper). Since that blade is pretty much ruined already my current plan is to sharpen it, cut the ironwood, then throw the blade away and replace with a brand new one. This old blade has no kerf whatsoever so I’m anticipating a lot of smoke. Should I just forget that whole mess and start with a new blade? I picked up a Bosch combo pack with wood, scroll, and metal blades. Doubt I’d be using the metal one for much of anything else…
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