I need help with my band saw, planer and old Walnut. I got some big chunks of Walnut that it about 49 years old. This stuff is hard as a rock. I needed to re-saw it so I put my resaw blade on my 14” Delta band saw, set the fence for the drift and went at it. I re-sawed 4 or 5 pieces that were 6 ½” square and about 13” long. No problem. I resawed them down to around an inch thick so I could joint and plane to where I wanted it. Here is my dilemma. All of a sudden I can’t keep the wood tight against the fence. The blade forces the wood away from the fence. I’m using a feather board just before the blade and one of my jointer push paddles but no matter how much pressure I put against the fence the saw forces it away from it. I stopped and reset everything. The blade and it’s tracking, I squared the table to blade and reset the fence for drift all to no avail. So while I’m thinking how to correct this I decided to joint and plane what I have. Now the second problem. I put the Walnut into the planer after I jointed a face and it chattered like a bitch and the planer chewed it up. I figured I didn’t have enough pressure on it so I lowered the cutter head a bit and tried it again. This time it kicked back on me. I ripped my planer apart, cleaned everything and changed the blades. That didn’t help. My questions are :
Bandsaw, could all of the problem be due to a dull blade? I did work it pretty hard. Planer, is the wood to short or too hard? It seems the lighter of a cut I make the more chatter I get. Any advice or help would be welcome ‘cause I don’t want to ruin any more of this Walnut.
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