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Forum topic by BurlyBob posted 10-14-2015 04:45 AM 913 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2015 04:45 AM

I’m limited with my Band Saw. I can only rip a 6.25” piece. I’m kicking the idea of cutting an project which would require me to rotate the wood thru the blade. Hopefully, this would allow me to gain an additional 1’2” maybe as much as an inch, maybe more.

Has anyone found them in the same situation? Have you found an easy way to roll the piece thru the blade to get a wider base? My project is a Christmas tree. Tomorrow, I give it a go. Will report back.

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 05:35 AM

Not sure exactly what it is you are trying to do, but I rotate the wood while cutting all the time, particularly when I’m cutting off a turned piece. If it’s a weird shape, I’ll even sometimes just hold it up off the table in my hands while I turn it through the blade.

Don’t think it will get you any extra cutting height though… kind of confused about your “can only rip a 6.25” piece”. What measurement is that (max cut height, width of piece, ???).


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#2 posted 10-14-2015 06:13 AM

Hello BurlyBob,

Like Brad, I would like to be sure that I take your meaning correctly. If you are wanting to rotate the piece through and cut a spiral for the sake of shaping your tree, you should get on to that well enough. I usually us a 1/4 inch blade for that. 4 tpi, I think. My bandsaw only has a 12×6 to 6 1/2 inch cutting capacity and I understand the frustration with the limitations, but I don’t know that you can gain any height in this manner. I am interested to find out just what you are trying to do and read about how it works out tomorrow.



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#3 posted 10-14-2015 09:22 PM

Are you cutting something like a thick rocking chair rocker? If that’s the case, I don’t see a problem as long as the wood thickness at the blade doesn’t exceed the 6 1/2” limitation

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 05:02 PM

Here’s what I’m trying to tackle, a Christmas tree band saw box. My table saw is an Atlas 912. I’m pretty sure is was built between ‘62-’64. The max height I can cut is 6.25”. I’m kicking the idea of rotating the tree at the base thru the blade so I can gain another inch or two in width. I’m going to give it a go today. I’ve only made a couple of prototype band saw boxes. Nothing to extravagant. I’m still in the learning curve. I’m just wondering if this is doable and if you guys have any safety concerns. Thanks much.

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#5 posted 10-15-2015 05:13 PM

Bob, I think we all thought you were ripping on the band saw not the table saw. When I run out of rip depth on the TS, I finish off with a hand saw.

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#6 posted 10-15-2015 07:51 PM

Man I screwed up that last comment. I am ripping on a band saw. How in the world did I type table saw up there? Once again, I should have proof read better. I also tried to roll the cutout and it just won’t fit. So I’m resigned to a tree with the bottom at 6 1/4”. No big deal. Thanks for the info. Bob, I’ve done that before as well. I bought 3 new blades for my band saw, all new bearings and tires just so I could use it for these projects. No matter what I’m going to make that saw work for me.

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