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Chip

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1407 days ago

I bought a new Timber Wolf band saw blade and tuned up my band saw. I was amazed at how great these blades are. I swear I can slice a piece of wood you can almost see through and I’m very excited to be able to make some of my own veneer. This is my first attempt at this. My question is, the sawn side, while perfectly straight, has a fair amount of texture or roughness to it. Is it normal to have to lightly sand the sliced side (therefore having to cut the slice a little thicker) or am I doing something wrong? I run the wood through my planer before resawing, so I do have one smooth side.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1407 days ago

Great questions. I’m waiting too.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tomd

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#2 posted 1407 days ago

I always allow for some sanding your bound to get saw marks.

-- Tom D

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 1407 days ago

Band saws do not cut clean enough to not need sanding.

-- 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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TheDane

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#4 posted 1406 days ago

You’re not doing anything wrong … it is normal to have to do some sanding. I always allow a skosh (~3/64”) for sanding.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1406 days ago

Do yoiu plane betwen resaw cuts to get one good surface and keep the piece flat?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 1406 days ago

yes, it is normal to sand them, I believe this is where a drum sander really shines with it’s functionality as it can bring everything down to a consistent thickness without removing too much material. of course there are other ways to go about this.

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TheDane

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#7 posted 1406 days ago

Topamax—No … I give it a very light pass on the jointer to give me a smooth surface against thew re-saw fence on the band saw.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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blackcherry

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#8 posted 1406 days ago

This is normal Chip, now for a extra 10 dollars on the blade, the wood slicer has a better finish cut but still will need some sanding. I stick with the timber wolf blade myself, my v drum sander handle the light sanding just fine….nice choice on the blade if you haven’t try the 1/2 inch 3 tpi it my re-saw blade of choice. Happy sawing…Blkcherry

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Chip

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#9 posted 1406 days ago

Thanks everyone for the input. I guess a drum sander is next on my equipment list (it never ends does it).

BlackCherry, the 1/2 inch 3 tpi is what I just put on the saw. And I was mistaken. It is the Timber Wolf that I bought. I thought it would be better then what I had but was not really prepared for the amazing difference. It really does slice through the wood like butter and holds a straight line perfectly. Makes the resawing actually fun to do. I have to be careful because I’m slicing every board in site in my shop. I’m not going to have any real lumber left.

I also bought the 1/4 inch 10 tpi (I think it’s 10 tpi) for tighter curve sawing but haven’t tried it yet. Only regret I have is that I didn’t buy these blades sooner.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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AaronK

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#10 posted 1406 days ago

man, i gotta get me one of those.

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LONGHAIR

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#11 posted 1405 days ago

Resawing is a cross-grain cut, right across the face, so it’s never going to cut clean enough to not need some kind of clean-up cut. I run mine through my drum sander before each successive cut, rather than planing. Planing has limitations as to how thin your pieces can be. Drum sanding can go a lot thinner.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 1405 days ago

What do you mean resawing is a cross grain cut? Length cuts are rips, aren’t they?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bob Kollman

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#13 posted 1405 days ago

You casn use double stick tape on a thicker board and run your resawn piece on top of the thicker board
with the double stick. this way you can make your stock as thin as you need to using a planer.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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twokidsnosleep

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#14 posted 1405 days ago

I have to sand out saw marks from my Timberwolf 1/2” 3tpi as well
The blade is light-years better than the one that came with the BS

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#15 posted 1404 days ago

Hello all, I’m going to ask another resaw question while this one is going. I’m doing a bentwood project. My first. I get good results with the first 3/4’s of the board but as the board gets thinner my cut gets get uneven. I’m trying to keep the board flat against the fence before the blade but still the come off the saw uneven. How thin of a board can you resaw with good results?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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