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10-11-2017 02:51 AM

I’m a newbie woodworker. I’m trying to build a toy ship ! How do I cut small pieces safely that are -1/2-1/2-1? I’m trying to cut them on a bandsaw but I’m afraid there’s a much safer way to do it. Any ideas? Thanks for all your help!!!!! Kimmiecs


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#1 posted 10-11-2017 03:02 AM

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=41780&cat=1,43000

The jig can cut miters and tapers but it does
very well gripping small parts for cutting with
a table saw or band saw with a little ingenuity.
A fence for the band saw helps.

You can also use the eraser end of pencils
to hold and guide small parts on a band saw.

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#2 posted 10-11-2017 03:26 AM

Band saws are pretty safe as a rule, especially compared to table saws. Use a sacrificial push stick or two made from some scrap plywood to hold and push the piece through the blade.

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#3 posted 10-11-2017 03:51 AM

You can make a simple sled for cutting small parts such as this one:
https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/multipurpose-small-parts-sled/
Doesn’t have to be this elaborate. A sled generally makes cutting small pieces more secure and therefore safer. And if your bandsaw has a miter slot you can make one for that as well.

Of course you can always cut them by hand but a miter box like this can help:
https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/pull-saw-miter-box/

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 10-11-2017 03:55 AM



Band saws are pretty safe as a rule, especially compared to table saws. Use a sacrificial push stick or two made from some scrap plywood to hold and push the piece through the blade.

- jonah

Band saws are pretty safe as a rule, until you stick you finger in the blade.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 10-11-2017 06:22 AM

I use these to cut small parts: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/105726#comment-4162090

For items that need a little more holding power, I use these: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/301810

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#6 posted 10-11-2017 06:48 AM


Band saws are pretty safe as a rule, until you stick you finger in the blade.
- AlaskaGuy

Gross. I checked the OSHA website, 12 amputations this year for bandsaws, 13 for tablesaws.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 10-11-2017 06:51 AM


I’m a newbie woodworker. I’m trying to build a toy ship ! How do I cut small pieces safely that are -1/2-1/2-1? I’m trying to cut them on a bandsaw but I’m afraid there’s a much safer way to do it. Any ideas? Thanks for all your help!!!!! Kimmiecs

- Kimmiecs

I would cut 1/2×1/2 long strips on the tablesaw then cut those into 1” pieces using the bandsaw or tablesaw w/ sled. If you only have a bandsaw, you can make a notched push stick.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 10-11-2017 10:41 AM


Band saws are pretty safe as a rule, until you stick you finger in the blade.
- AlaskaGuy

Gross. I checked the OSHA website, 12 amputations this year for bandsaws, 13 for tablesaws.

- Rick_M


Band saws are used under appallingly dangerous conditions in slaughterhouses, so I’m betting that skews the stats.

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#9 posted 10-11-2017 11:05 AM

Yes, and it is only OSHA reported and does not include home accidents.

No doubt both tools can ruin your day.

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#10 posted 10-11-2017 12:18 PM

Scroll saw might be a better tool for small parts as well.

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#11 posted 10-11-2017 01:24 PM

table saw …push block …small miter box …for length …with handsaw

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 10-11-2017 02:08 PM

a hand saw and miter box? With a good quality sharp saw you could cut through most woods of that size in just a few strokes

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#13 posted 10-11-2017 02:54 PM


Band saws are pretty safe as a rule, until you stick you finger in the blade.
- AlaskaGuy

Gross. I checked the OSHA website, 12 amputations this year for bandsaws, 13 for tablesaws.

- Rick_M

Band saws are used under appallingly dangerous conditions in slaughterhouses, so I m betting that skews the stats.

- jonah

Doesn’t matter if it’s used on wood, metal, meat, or something else, it’s still a bandsaw. Also the table saws are not all used on wood either.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 10-12-2017 03:51 AM

Oh please. There’s a band saw in the back of every grocery store. Table saws are relatively rarely used for non wood applications, and most of that is cutting plastic.

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#15 posted 10-12-2017 03:59 AM

Oh please, nearly every metal shop dealing in aluminum stock has a table saw dedicated to cutting it.

Couldn’t resist, since the two metal fabrication shops I had cut stock used Unisaws to make single cut runs.


Oh please. There s a band saw in the back of every grocery store. Table saws are relatively rarely used for non wood applications, and most of that is cutting plastic.

- jonah


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