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Forum topic by snowdog posted 09-11-2010 03:30 PM 2641 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2010 03:30 PM

I have several old band saw blades (97 inch I think), not really old just dull. I hit a nail on one..etc

What can I do with them? Can they be resharpens? For $35 bucks the seem like disposable items. Besides throwing them in the trash what can I do with them?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 03:42 PM

If you search Youtube, you should find a video of a guy using a dremel type tool and a cutoff disk to resharpen bandsaw blades Never tried it myself.

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 03:49 PM

I read an article once about sharpening a bandsaw blade using a similar technique to sharpening a handsaw. They clamped the blade between two pieces of wood. The pieces of wood are positioned just below the gullet of the teeth. Then the teeth were filed with a an appropriate sized chain saw file that fits the radius of the gullet. Then they literally used a hand saw saw set to set the teeth.

Other than that, I have also heard of people taking sections out of band saw blades to use in making blades for any of the various type of frame/buck saws where the blade is held in tension in a frame.

I also suppose that you could actually make small card scrapers from wider blades.

Any of you galoots have any other ideas out there? You’ll be amazed at what some of these guys can come up with. They really give new meaning to the idea of recycling.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 05:59 PM

$35.00 seems kind of high for a blade, unless, they are a special type of blade. I pay $11.00 to $15.00 a blade (109”, 112”) Bi-metal 3/4” $38.00.

-- Richard

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 11:48 PM

I have used a broken band saw blade in my scroll saw. Cut to legnth and used it to cut the fake stone used on house fronts here in Texas. Cuts it like butter. I have sculpted a few items with this material. Dremmel tools also cut it easier than wood. Very dusty process though.

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 04:40 PM

I cut 12” sections (6 or 7), tape the ends together into a bundle, and use ‘em to dress buffing wheels.


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#6 posted 09-12-2010 05:29 PM

besides small scrapers formed to what you want to be scrabed on different concave and hollow things
you can reuse the blades if you make a scratshtool and file of the teeth
look at this vidioclip

I´m sure you will find other purpose as well, now don´t forget to share new ideas…lol

good luck

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 10:16 PM

You know these marking knives tool companies sell for $30 to $40 well, I made a marking (double ended) out of a blade. I fashioned a 6” handle and piece of the blade 9” long. I sawed a slot in the wood handle length wise with a hack saw…then pushed the band saw blade in leaving 1 1/2” sticking out of both ends. I then sharpened both ends…one left hand and one right hand….on the bench grinder. I then polished the grinder marks out of the blade….presto….a double ended marking knife and I might add be careful with it because you are exposed to a razor sharp blade no matter how you hold it. Might be a good idea to cover the end you are not using. Happy marking all you dovetailers???

-- WoodyG

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 02:09 AM

I took a decorative inlay workshop. We made the scrapers from old bandsaw blades. We roughed out the shape using a grinder and completed them with a file.

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 03:51 AM

Another use for old bandsaw blades is to cut them about three inches long, bend each end into very small double-L shape, drill a small hole on each end, and use them to hang picture frames with. I think I may have confused the matter on that. If you’ve seen this type hanger though, you know what I mean.
I usually cut slots in the backs of my frames, but I’ve done this with a few band saw blades when my router bit wears out and I’m trying to finish without heading to the hardware store.


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#10 posted 09-13-2010 08:50 AM

Glad you asked about this, as I was wondering about the same thing! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 09-13-2010 11:11 PM

here is another way of scratchstock
and there you can see what I ment about using a piece of the blade


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