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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 12-28-2009 02:38 AM 2896 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ToddTurner

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12-28-2009 02:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw resaw resawing advice question tips tip

Hi guys and Merry Christmas! My wonderful red-headed bride got me a 14 inch bandsaw for Christmas. It was a very nice gift and one that I have been pondering getting. I run across a lot of large sized lumber such as 6×6 and 4×6. I get these from machine crates and usually yields excellent lumber. And yes, all FREE lumber is excellent. Especially when i have the power to dictate what species the crates are made of!
Anhoo-what is a good blade to use for resawing? SPeaking in terms of tpi, but please suggest a blade you have experience with
Is it good to run the blade fast or slow?
I have experimented a bit and the lumber wants to ‘walk’. WHen slicing a 4×4, (with clamped on fence) the lumber wants to walk to the front of the machine, leaving the fence. What am i doing wrong?
Guys, thanks in advance. I am glad we woodworkers are using Dan Quale’s internet for something useful-sharing tips and tricks!

Todd


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End_Grain

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 03:41 AM

http://www.ccwwa.org/NEWSITE/plans/BandsawTuneup1.pdf

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 09:17 AM

Todd,
End grains link to Michael Fortune is a excellent place to start. I buy my blades from Highland
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer12resawbandsawblades138to166.aspx
great place to deal with. I use a 3 TPI hook blade. You want a aggressive blade that will quickly clear the sawdust from the kerf.
The biggest thing is to tune that bad boy up first.

Taigert

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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