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Dan Campebell

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1508 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question guide blocks

I have an older 12” Craftsman bandsaw that has the steel guide blocks. I went to Sears Hardware and when I asked them if they carried bandsaw guide blocks, they looked at me like I had two heads (Sears seems to be getting worse than ever; both in quality and product knowledge).
I went to Woodcraft and the sales rep said that; although they normally carry the block size, they were out and suggested that I could make good guides using hard maple. Have any of you done this, and if you have what should I expect in there performance?

Thanks, Dan

-- Dan Campbell

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#1 posted 1508 days ago

Here Dan, Try these guys,
Give them a call, they are pretty knowledgeable, and although you can use maple, the actual material is a resin compound designed to remove heat and cool quickly.

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#2 posted 1508 days ago

If you can get a good measurement of the blocks, you can order them from Woodcraft’s web site. Cool Blocks aren’t particularly expensive, and work exceptionally well… I wouldn’t bother making my own. Not worth the time when Cool Blocks are so cheap…

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#3 posted 1507 days ago

i have an older 12” craftmen bs with 1/4” round guides that are not available any more. i use maple that i soak in cutting board finish ( mineral oil and beeswax). they work very well.

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#4 posted 1507 days ago

Check out this webpage on how to make your own wooden cool blocks with some Cherry and WD-40. I’ve used this method with good success on my resaw bandsaw.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#5 posted 1506 days ago

Thanks for the link. and this message thread. I never liked the metal blocks on my Delta, but didn’t even think to use wood. I have some ebony scraps, and they will soon be on my saw…after soaking them in WD40

-- Steve--

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#6 posted 1505 days ago

I used Ipe instead, and they are sweet.

-- Steve--

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#7 posted 1505 days ago

I make my own from Maple. I use a procedure that I came across on another forum. They work great.

The article is here.


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John Gray

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#8 posted 250 days ago

I may do this.

The article is here.

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#9 posted 119 days ago

Lee Valley carries cool blocks for the Craftsman 12 inch & the round style

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#10 posted 101 days ago

My benchtop uses threaded steel guides. I tried cutting threads on a dowel with a die but it just chewed up the wood.

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#11 posted 101 days ago

I turned some out of Lignum Vitae so that the end grain was toward the blade and they work great. If you don’t know what that wood is Google it.

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