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02-27-2017 01:14 AM

I am a novice at woodworking, and have a couple of projects. One of the projects is a carving bench from Woodcarving Illustrated. The bottom of each leg has a cutout with a tight curve in each corner. I just got a small band saw to help me with this. I read an informative post on the forums, and that raised a question-since 3/8” blades are harder to use, should I just use a 1/4” and v cut (if that’s what you call it) around the curve?

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 03:03 AM

Check on line and you’ll find guides that help you determine the minimum radius you can cut. You can reduce the radius a little by applying a stone to the back edges of the blade to round them over. Of course, you have to be careful doing this, but it is common practice to help ease turns.

I’m running a bearing guide system called a Carter Stabilizer. It allows me to turn corners that would snap a blade using the regular guides.

I keep a quarter inch blade on my Powermatic, most the time. It’s a four teeth per inch blade, so it gives rough cuts, but allows me to hog through 2x and better with relative ease.

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 04:04 AM

Here is a guide as Kelly mentioned. LINK

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 06:46 PM

Another trick is to drill the tight radius curve.

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#4 posted 02-28-2017 12:15 AM

Thanks for all the replies-this really is a useful and informative place to go.

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