Tips on resawing 8/4 to 4/4???

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Forum topic by dichdoc posted 06-21-2010 04:57 PM 1499 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2010 04:57 PM

I need to get curly maple down to 3/4” finished for a coffee table top. local suplier only has it in 8/4 right now. Can I resaw it to get to two 3/4” boards?? I have a Jet 18” bandsaw but this would be my first time resawing any tips techniques?? Travis

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 07:30 PM

One why I teach my students is take the wood to be resawed and make a mark on the edge the full length of the board and make a simple fence that can be clamped to you fence or band saw table. In the middle of this fence put a large round dowel( closet poll or broom handle works) in the center of the fence . Its best to make a flat spot on one side of the dowel with a belt sander or even bandsaw it off. Now screw this dowel in the center of the fence from the back so that it’s straight up and down. Now adjust your fence with the dowel close to 3/4” away from the dowel in the center and make sure your fence is secure, Now all you do is re saw along the line on the edge of the board following the line using the dowel a s a pivot point to steer the wood. Practice on some scrap first.

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 08:21 PM

It’s a fairly straightforward operation with the expected tips:

Use outfeed support if needed.
Keep your feed rate steady to avoid burning and excessive blade marks.

The main issue around resawing tends to be whether or not your blade drifts. This is a saw to saw, blade to blade thing. If you know already your saw/blade tends to drift, you’ll need to use a pivot point method like Jim has explained. If your saw/blade does not drift, you can just guide the board against the fence. Depending on the height of your boards, a taller auxiliary fence can also help keep things well-supported.

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 09:08 PM

Is it skip or surface planed material?

If your material is truely 8/4 (2”), you shouldn’t have a problem, but if it is like some material I have seen advertised as 8/4 and it is only slightly over 6/4, you might have a problem.

Remember that you will need to plane the material after your cut with the bandsaw, and if you get a little bump or dip while cutting, it could reduce the material thickness significantly.

All the best!

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 03:25 AM

Thanks guys. Jim my Jet came with a resaw “pin” that bolts to the fence. I looked at the material today it is just barely under 2” thick. Travis

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