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Forum topic by builtinbkyn posted 12-16-2015 02:55 AM 507 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2015 02:55 AM

Anyone know of a good primer for band saw techniques? I picked up a 14” Grizzly 555 on CL today. I have had limited use of a 20” band saw in a shop, but never needed to set it up and maintain it. In my case, it was primarily used for re-sawing/dimensioning stock. I may have used it for cutting a few shapes, but that’s pretty much the extent of my interaction with a band saw.

I’m also looking for any suggestions for upgrades that can be made that will increase it’s utility and help it function better.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)


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#1 posted 12-16-2015 03:11 AM

I’ll give you the same advice someone gave me a long time ago. Get Lonie Bird’s the bandsaw book

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bandsaw-Book-Lonnie-Bird/dp/1561582891/ref=pd_sim_14_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51ClV-DRZ7L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR122%2C160_&refRID=0GX5E29BHD2YA8YQ5JG6

use the saw see how it operates. As to what upgrades, I like good blades by timberwolfe. I have more than one band saw, so depending on what you want to do with it the diff upgrades. I like carter guides and think they are worth the money. I have a 1934 Delta configured with the carter Stabilizer for cutting tight corners and curves. It allows the blade to move. On my big 17” bandsaw I have the better guides with dual bearing support but thats for resaw.

learn to work with drift and how to set your saw up. I’d go watch the videos on laguna’s tools site on setting a saw for drift. It’s quick and foolproof.

Proper tensioning of the blade is important, and if you go to youtube and search for flutter method for bandsaw blade tension, that works great and easy.

Practice and have fun!

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 03:34 AM

Bones thanks for that response. The saw already has a Carter guide on it. I suspected it might be after market, but with little to no knowledge about this, it was just a guess. The seller didn’t mention anything about it.

Drift? Ok I guess I need the book :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 12:15 PM

Another book source that’s really well regarded is the Mark Duginske book.

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 06:11 PM



Bones thanks for that response. The saw already has a Carter guide on it. I suspected it might be after market, but with little to no knowledge about this, it was just a guess. The seller didn t mention anything about it.

Drift? Ok I guess I need the book :)

- builtinbkyn

Here’s a video where they talk about their driftmaster fence but the concept is the same, probably your fence will have bolts on top to loosen to adust angle on fence to blade but its the same process.

https://youtu.be/K3lejJHGZFQ

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#5 posted 12-16-2015 06:14 PM

Obligatory Band Saw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You don’t have to deal with ‘drift’ if you don’t want to :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 12-16-2015 06:43 PM

Having and using a 16” Walker-Turner cast iron monster band saw for nearly 60 years I can tell you this.

1. A band saw fence is practically useless unless it can be adjusted to accomodate saw drift. Personalty, I prefer a “pivot fence” as shown in this thread (http://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/showthread.php?t=9067).

2. When installing a blade, ALWAYS run the newly tightened blade for a minute or two to let it settle into a position on the wheels it likes. THEN bring the guides up o the blade, leaving about .01” (the thickness of a piece of typing paper) space between the blade and the guide. A blade constantly running against a guide causes it to work harden over time and makes it prone to breakage. Doing this the other way around will give you no end of grief as the blade will be fighting the guides as it constantly tries to shift to its “preferred” running spot on the wheels.

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#7 posted 12-18-2015 02:36 PM

Thanks for the info everyone. I knew there was much to be learned about setting up, using and maintaining a bandsaw. Already received Lonie Bird’s book and briefly looked at what I’ll need to do to get started.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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