|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 12-29-2010 06:22 PM||2247 views||1 time favorited||14 replies|
12-29-2010 06:22 PM
Normally, if I need a circle of wood, I use my lathe.
Yesterday, I decided to try to use my bandsaw to make wheels that would be 6” in diameter. I made one of those jigs with a pin to rotate the wood on. I was using a 1/4” blade. My blade immediately started to move away from the circle. I tried moving the pin a little forward and a little back to see if I could get a better result. Nothing worked. I freehanded on the bandsaw just outside of the line and went to the lathe to finish the job.
I know I can cut big circles (over a foot in diameter using the bandsaw. I’ve done it several times. It seems like a 6” diameter should also work because the curve is no tighter than what I can easily cut freehand with a bandsaw.
I wonder if I was doing something wrong.
Is it reasonable to expect a bandsaw (with a jig) to cut a 6” diameter circle?
FYI – I found a good trick for making the wheels on the lathe. I put all four on a threaded rod and bolted them on tight. My lathe chuck held one end of the treaded rod (needed to switch to the smaller jaws). I put a wooden “cap” on the other end and brought my tailstock up tight. I was able to turn all 4 wheels at the same time and it was very easy to get them all to the almost exact same size.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.