Resawing Bubinga

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Forum topic by Wiley posted 07-03-2010 01:22 AM 1350 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2010 01:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bubinga bandsaw

I just resawed 5 board feet of Bubinga on my new bandsaw, and you could use rather a lot of it as a skateboard park for skateboarding-inclined mosquitoes. Incredibly wavy. But right before I sawed the Bubinga, I did several board feet each of maple, padauk, and wenge with no problems. And when I think back to it, the can’t-seem-to-adjust-for-drift-without-it-changing experience that convinced me to get a new bandsaw in the first place was also with bubinga. I’m reasonably confident in my ability to adjust guides, tracking, etc. until drift isn’t that much of a problem, so I’m left wondering: can I blame this on the bubinga? Is it just an uncooperative wood to resaw, or am I left concluding that the evil shop gnomes who keep dulling my router bits don’t want me to have 1/4” bubinga?

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 02:26 AM

I know it’s wasteful, but I cut a 1/8”deep groove on both sides with the TS then use a guide that allows me to move (swivel) the board. I still have to plane it, though. So I cut @ 5/8 and plane to 1/2 for boxes. Usually that 1/8 is enough.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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