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Forum topic by Cory posted 05-25-2010 04:13 PM 1456 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2010 04:13 PM

I just bought a few boards on eBay from a great guy in Tennessee. I managed to get some 8/4 zebrawood and leopardwood, and some 4/4 African mahogany.

The Zebrawood is about 7” wide and the leopardwood is about 5 inches wide. I need some help figuring out how to re-saw the 8/4 stock into more manageable sections. With the leopardwood, I think I can use my table saw to bring it down to 4/4, and then run it through my planer to final dimension. I really don’t want to have to cut up the zebrawood, though, to use the same technique. Any advice (short of buying a bandsaw, which I am hoping to do soon) would be greatly appreciated.



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#1 posted 05-25-2010 04:19 PM

hold on to it till you get a bandsaw…. just the sheer thought of all that material that will be wasted resawing this on a table saw will bring a tear to my eye.

let it sit and acclimate in your shop – get to it when you’ve got a bandsaw – will take all the problems away, and make this an easy task, with minimal material loss, and better cuts.

you could always resaw this with a ryoba of course ;)

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 04:25 PM

You can get most, if not all the way through with a 10” blade on the TS by flipping the board and cutting from both sides/edges and taking incremental cuts.
I’d joint both edges first and use a finger board and a fence as tall as the board is wide.
If a web remains, use a hand saw to cut through.
Or….wait till you get that band saw. You’ll lose a lot less of your precious stock with a band saw cut.

Edited: Purplev is right, of course. And, the Ryoba will give you a nice cardio-vascular work out.

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 04:32 PM

Thanks, Purp and Gene. I have no idea what I’m going to be doing with the boards, yet, so they are going to sit for a while. I guess what you’re both telling me is that my “steal” on these boards is going to cost me an extra $500 for a bandsaw?

My plan is coming together nicely!!!!

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 04:36 PM

You could find a shop with a bandsaw and pay them to resaw it for you.

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 04:48 PM

Cardinal rule … don’t make your wood smaller until you have a plan (at least a rough cut list) for it.

Also, I would strongly consider using veneering techniques with the zebra and leopard, and you definitely need a bandsaw to cut veneers with any efficiency.

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 08:53 PM

Yeah, I would wait for a bandsaw. But don’t think about it as ruining your bargain of these boards. Once you have a bandsaw you’ll find all sorts of things to do with it on future projects.

Also, check on Craigslist for used bandsaws. Or even post an ad on Craigslist for someone to resaw it for you. I’ll bet there are any number of guys with a home shop who would do it for practically nothing. Or how about this: tell him you will give him a bit of the wood once it’s resawed. Hell, I’d jump on that deal if someone offered it to me!

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 09:47 PM

Add me to the “wait for a bandsaw” crowd. If you can’t wait, the best option is probably a sharp hand rip saw and an hour or more of good exercise for one arm. Resawing wood with a hand saw is a dying art. You could help revive it.

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 10:35 PM

Do you have a use in mind for these boards yet? If not, leave them as is. By the time you have a use for them, you’ll have your bandsaw. :)

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#9 posted 05-25-2010 11:02 PM

Thanks, socalwood. Unfortunately, I won’t be out your way for another couple of weeks.

Majority rules: I’ll wait on the bandsaw. I hope Woodcraft is still selling that 14” Rikon on sale in July.

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 11:32 PM

I’ve only done a little bit of resawing so far on my Rikon, but it is already paying dividends. I got my at Woodcraft last time it was on sale.

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#11 posted 05-26-2010 01:52 AM

Just got the new Woodcraft ad and the Rikon 14” Deluxe will be on sale for $699 starting on May 29.

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#12 posted 05-26-2010 03:21 AM

I’m going to call the guy that sold me the lathe. He had a bandsaw for sale. Thanks for the info. Who did you buy from and where is he in Tennessee? I live in SE Tennessee.

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