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09-19-2010 09:38 PM

I just got a new bandsaw with a resaw guide accessory.
It gives very minimal instructions on how to use it.
Would appreciate any help I can get.

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 09:59 PM

a bandsaw is one of the most complex machines in the woodwork shop. my recommendation is to get a good book, or find online articles that discuss the bandsaw (I really liked Mark Dougenske ‘the complete guide to bandsaw book’)

If your bandsaw is not tuned up properly, you’d get poor results, and may think it has something to do with your resawing guide – which is simply a single-point-reference-fence. a good understanding of the bandsaw and how it operates, and how to properly tune it and set it up will give you great results and safer operation.

That said (as far as I know you may already know all about the bandsaw -but just though I’d mention that), the resaw guide is usually a round post that locks on to the center of the fence with a bolt. you want to position it so that the wood being guided against it till touch the post inline with the blades teeth (ahead of the blade). then you’d guide the wood while maintaining contact with the post, while still being able to shift the wood left/right to compensate for any drift your saw seems to be having.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 12:20 AM

The advice PurpLev offers is good. I’ll only add that I like to use finger boards when resawing with my resaw guide. In fact, I have made a jig that allows me to use 2 finger boards, one down low and one up higher. They’re not essential but, IMO, they make resawing easier to control.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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