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Forum topic by lanwater posted 02-01-2011 08:27 AM 1134 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lanwater

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02-01-2011 08:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw blade

I need to do some cut on my 14” bandsaw that need to come out fairly clean and need almost no sanding.

From your experience, what blade should i get?

thanks!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


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#1 posted 02-01-2011 09:36 AM

It would help to know what wood you’re cutting, what thickness and what the tightest curve you’ll be dealing with might be.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 12:30 AM

Hi BigTiny,

most 4/4 maple. no tight curve.

Scrollsaw have all these fancy blades with reverse tooth, skip, etc. some of them leave a really clean cut.

I am hopping to get a similar clean cut.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 02:57 AM

maple is pretty hard stuff. if you have more than a few feet to saw on a 14” band saw I think you are either going to have to do some sanding (in which case I would opt for a 3/4” blade 6tpi) or you are going to be buying a lot of blades.

I usually go with the first option, leave it over-size then clean-up on the planer (with maple probably 1/32nd per pass).

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 03:05 AM

I swear by the woodslicer blade. Reviews on this site here.

Some swear by the timberwolf blade though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 07:58 AM

Thanks for the inputs, much apreciated.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 08:43 AM

basically

more teeth per inch
smoother cut
but slower

less teeth per inch
rougher cut (more ridging)
but faster

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 09:33 AM

Or you can feed (cut) more slowly with a blade with less teeth. :-)

But you can’t feed faster with more teeth.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 01:28 PM

Woodslicer is good. I recommend MK Morse.

The issue is teeth in the wood. If you are using it to just cut dimensioned wood 6 TPI is fine.

If you are going to resaw you can use 4 TPI up until about 6-7” over 7” you need to drop to 3 TPI.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 02-02-2011 08:31 PM

Wow, I see a lot of teeth in my future.
They don’t make it simple do they?

I guess I have to fight the urge of pushing that wood through.

Thanks for all the info, you guys are great. I am happy to be part of this community.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 02-02-2011 08:47 PM

A smooth cut is best made by using a very sharp blade and a correct feed rate. Pushing the wood thru at varying speeds will make varying surfaces, even if you use the same blade. If you need it as smooth as possible, get an adjustable feeding tool and practice until you have what you need.

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#11 posted 02-02-2011 08:59 PM

Nomad62: I have seen feeding tool for the shaper but not for a band saw.
Who makes them?

I will practice. Alot…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 02-04-2011 01:06 AM

Ain’t gonna happen. You will need to clean up almost any cut from a bandsaw.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#13 posted 02-04-2011 02:17 AM

I agree Bill. 14” bandsaws will usually only accept a 3/4” blade max and there is no way I know of to get a perfect cut. #1 the blade has to be perfectly 90 degree to the table, #2 without a $5,000 saw “drift” is a given (that’s why Delta gives you that pivot bar to put on the fence).

But it still is better than running stock through the planer and picking up the shavings. I get some thin stock that is great for small boxes.

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#14 posted 02-04-2011 06:47 AM

I am pretty sure I will have to cleanup some. The goal is to minimize that.

I got a lot of great inputs.

Thanks!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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