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Forum topic by 20vK posted 03-25-2016 04:23 PM 643 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2016 04:23 PM

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Hi guys,

I was looking to buy the Rikon 14” bandsaw. For the main purpose of resawing 12” walnut and maple down to 1/16” thick veneers on a regular basis. I’ll be cutting lumber about 40” long. Naturally, I was going to buy a dedicated resaw blade too.

The 14” rikon seemed to be the best bang per buck, but it now looks discontinued as no one has it. It was going from $799.

So is Rikon about to release a newer & improved 14” model or has the 14” model been discontinued?

If not, my choice is between 14” Laguna or 18” Rikon, both for about the $1k mark.

I really want to run the saw off 110v if possible and would prefer the smallest footprint too. Space is very limited and so is the budget. However there seems little point in buying a machine if it won’t do what I want.

What would you advise from your experience in resawing lumber to the above specs? Will the 14” Laguna consistently produce those veneers? I don’t have a drum sander yet, so all finishing would be with random orbital.

Many thanks,

Richie


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#1 posted 03-25-2016 04:27 PM

Turns out Rikon are bringing out a new model, so that answers that!

So if anyone has experience with cutting 12” high, thin veneer with a 14” bandsaw, I’d love to hear how it went

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 03:38 AM

I’ve done it with my ~10 year old Rikon 14” 10-325 That thing will peel paper off a 12” board. Just make sure everything is absolutely square, and don’t force the wood through, and everything will be all right!

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 03:47 AM

Thanks for the reply David – that’s really put my mind to rest!

Could I ask what kind of initial sand paper grit the cut face needs after coming off the bandsaw? Would an 80 grit on a random orbital sander be a good start, or is the cut smoother than that?

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 04:23 AM

Well, it may depend on your blade. My cuts definitely needed some cleanup before I cut take another piece. I was cutting 1/8” veneer from a board just under 12” wide, about 3’ long. I didn’t, and still don’t, have a fancy resaw blade, just a 3/4 blade from Woodcraft (may be a Timber Wolf, I don’t remember – certainly not a dedicated carbide tooth resaw blade like a Resaw King or anything)

I couldn’t tell you, though, what grit sandpaper to use, as I used a very sharp hand plane to clean each cut surface between cuts :)

The surface from my blade, though, was probably worse tan what an 80 grit ROS Disk would leave, and that would probably have smoothed it up enough to make the next cut.

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 04:28 AM

Thanks David – that’s great info.

I was planning on buying a dedicated resaw blade and then chucking the freshly resawn block into the planer between resaws, so I start with a clean outer face each time. The cut face on every veneer will actually be the glue side, so it sounds like the veneers are going to be in good shape after giving them a quick sand.

Thanks so much,

Richie

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 09:16 PM

I would just ask you to consider that the blade you buy for resawing to veneer thickness is really important. I have a 14” Rikon and have cut 1/16 slices. I use a Wood Slicer from Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. I found Timberwolf blades not as good when resawing.

Others may disagree, but now I buy only Wood Slicers.

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