Bandsaw blade recommendations for bandsaw boxes?

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Forum topic by Mike_D_S posted 08-31-2016 02:20 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2016 02:20 AM

Ok, so I was in the Austin Woodcraft a few weeks ago and I picked up the Bandsaw Box book by Drunkenwoodworker (LJ member).

I’ve never made a bandsaw box before and I figured a good way to get started would be to build my way through the boxes in the book (and I seemed to find myself with a lot of small scrap pieces of about the right size). So I prepped five blanks and started cutting. I used a 3/4” 3TPI TW resaw blade with Raker set and a 3/16” 4 tpi raker blade for the other cuts. Saw is 14” PM with riser block.

I have two issues. First the TW resaw blade seemed to be running smoothly, but the cuts are not of sufficient quality to glue the parts back together without a very noticeable line. So I’d appreciate any advice on what I’m doing wrong? I’m wondering if the raker set is part of the problem, but also could be feed rate, etc?

Second issue is similar, the 3/16 kerf is just really wide and squeezing the pieces down to glue up the entry points is not terrible, but also not invisible. Also I couldn’t get some of the radius cuts made with the 3/16” blade so I’ thinking I may go down to 1/8”

These are the blades i had, so I didn’t really spend much time thinking about how “right” they were. But if I’m going to go out and get new blades, what do people suggest for this?

Even though the first batch is turning out sort of cruddy, I’ve had some ‘wow that’s cool’ comments, so I’m thinking I can make some for Xmas presents. So I’d like to give myself the right setup for the next batch.


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#1 posted 08-31-2016 03:10 AM

I think David Pichuto uses 3/16 th blade from Highland Woodworker. I have one and it’s nice. my one box is on my project page

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#2 posted 09-01-2016 03:23 AM

I typically only use my bandsaw for roughing cuts prior to pattern routing or expecting to sand to final finish. I think that the raker tooth set is just wrong for this application. Looks like skip is the best for this application.

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