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Notw

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10-26-2016 02:17 PM

I have seen a lot of discussion for resawing bandsaw blades for 14” and larger bandsaws but I haven’t seen much on smaller bandsaws. I know my bandsaw (10” craftsman same as the rikon 10”) won’t be able to resaw a lot but it still has the ability to do some. It has a 70-1/2” blade with a max width of 1/2”. A lot of the recommended resaw blades are typically 3/4”, and i’m even concerned this saw won’t tension 1/2” blades properly.

Does anyone have any experience with a good blade for this, my experience in the past with some blades is an extremely rough cut left on the wood afterwards and then a lot of planing needed to get it smooth. Thanks for any recommendations.


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#1 posted 10-26-2016 05:01 PM

I have the same bandsaw and have used it quite a bit for resawing 4X4 stock I have into thinner pieces. I have been using a 3/8 blade (don’t recall brand or tooth type) that does well in Walnut and Cherry but not so well in Oak and tends to drift a bit in gnarly spots.

I just bought a 1/2 Powertec blade to dedicate specifically to resawing. I haven’t used it for re-sawing yet but the saw does seem to tension it just fine and it did well on some test rip cuts.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 05:34 PM

General recommendation for re-sawing is to use the widest blade the machine can properly tension. Unfortunately, the largest blade according to most machine specifications are really pushing the limits of the machine… for example, the Delta 14” band saw claims it can run a 3/4” blade – and it can, but it really stresses the machine and because of that, other bits can get damaged if you aren’t really careful. It’s even more of a problem when you add a riser block. Most people choose to go with a 1/2” or 5/8” blade for that reason.

But, there is good news – you don’t absolutely have to have a large blade to re-saw. With a properly tuned up machine, you can easily re-saw with smaller blades – like 3/8” or 1/4”. As an added bonus, the smaller blades will generally give a better cut finish – although they will usually require a slower feed rate. Give it a try with a few different sizes and see how it turns out – there is nothing better than hands on testing :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 05:47 PM

I have the same saw too and have resawed some oak with a 3/8 blade. Tune it up, go slow, you should be good. There will of course be some cleanup but it’s not too bad.

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#4 posted 10-27-2016 01:48 PM

Thanks for the responses, i’m debating now between the Powermatic blade Ken suggested or the Lennox flex back carbon steel blade.

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 03:46 PM

Woodcraft carries Starlett blades that fit this saw. I just bought one but haven’t put it on yet. The quality looks good or atleast better than the crappy stock blade

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#6 posted 10-27-2016 04:39 PM

FWIW, I’m pretty sold on the Powertec blades. I haven’t ever bought a really high-end blade, like Timberwolf, but I’ve tried several mid-level blades. The Powertecs have performed as well as any other (including the Starretts and Olson) and last just as long in my experience. And they come significantly cheaper than most others. Only problem I have is there’s just regular tooth available – no skip or hook teeth. I was going to try a 1/2” skip for resawing but figured for the cost difference, I’d try the one I linked first. I’ve bought 4 of their blades and never had a bad weld which is, in my experience, the biggest problem with most low-cost blades.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 10-27-2016 07:52 PM

HokieKen, where can you buy powertec blades?

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#8 posted 10-27-2016 08:09 PM



HokieKen, where can you buy powertec blades?

- Gaffneylumber

Amazon

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#9 posted 10-27-2016 08:41 PM

Here’s a blog entry about resawing veneer with an 11” ShopSmith bandsaw. I was using a Diamond Sterling blade. All the info is in the blog and associated comments. I got some really nice veneer from it too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#10 posted 10-27-2016 11:22 PM

The starrett baldes work very well, inexpensive too. I pay $11 each for my 12” craftsman saw ( 1/2” x 89.5”). They are cheap enough that i do not find myself using dull blades. When the blade stops giving satisfactory results i pitch it.

I would not use a 1/2” for the 10” saw but i would ask someone with more knowledge of blade stock. A shop that welds up blades to order would be a good source for information.

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#11 posted 10-28-2016 12:51 AM

Been using 1/2” blades ( Olson) on my Craftsman 12” saw for doing the resaws for the projects this year…..pine, Cherry and Walnut. Have also sawn a bit of Oak.

I will NOT buy the blades Sears sells, as they tend to break very easily.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#12 posted 10-28-2016 12:17 PM

I’ve had a 1/2” Timberwolf on that same saw for maybe a year now. It has exceeded my expectations. I’ve resawn some oak and maple. The cut is pretty rough, but I didn’t expect a smooth cut with 3 TPI.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 10-28-2016 05:31 PM


HokieKen, where can you buy powertec blades?

- Gaffneylumber

Amazon

- DirtyMike

Yep. There’s a link to the 1/2” 3tpi blade in the first post of this thread.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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