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Forum topic by Dan Campebell posted 03-02-2010 04:55 PM 12288 views 3 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Campebell

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03-02-2010 04:55 PM

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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UnionLabel

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 10:10 PM

Here Dan, Try these guys, http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/coolblocksfordelta14bandsaw.aspx
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.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 10:30 PM

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…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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jerryw

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 05:07 AM

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.

-- jerryw-wva.

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alanealane

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 07:41 AM

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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shopdog

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 06:33 PM

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-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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shopdog

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 01:30 PM

I used Ipe instead, and they are sweet.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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propcarver

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 02:34 PM

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

The article is here.
http://www.woodcentral.com/articles/powertools/articles_104.shtml

Regards,

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John Gray

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#8 posted 08-12-2013 11:25 AM

I may do this.

The article is here.
http://www.woodcentral.com/articles/powertools/articles_104.shtml

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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HarveyM

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 12:23 PM

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

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 07:11 PM

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

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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John Gray

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 07:19 PM

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.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Bojac

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#12 posted 06-25-2014 06:13 PM



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…

- dbhost


Cheap? fourteen bucks is a long way from cheap

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bigblockyeti

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#13 posted 06-25-2014 07:04 PM

They may have been cheaper than $14 almost 4 1/2 years ago when that comment was made.

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