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Forum topic by BrettSherm posted 12-25-2017 03:24 PM 286 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2017 03:24 PM

I’ve just got a bandsaw for my shop. I’m thinking of re sawing a board for a table top I’m making. Its walnut, so I’m thinking about getting thicker stock a resawing it in half so I can get a book match making a streak of sap wood down the middle of the table. For a 1” thick tabletop, would 10/4 be adequate? Or would 12/4 be safer. Bear in mind my lack of skill.

Also what is the order I should prepare the lumber. I’m guessing that I face plane one side first, face plane the opposite side, Edge plane board. Then resaw. Then I’m assuming I’ll have to face plane the resawed side a bit also

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#1 posted 12-25-2017 03:40 PM

12/4 sounds like a good plan. If the bandsaw is setup properly, skill will be a small factor.

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#2 posted 12-25-2017 03:46 PM

Hi Brett Merry Christmas!

You don’t say what kind of blade you have or band saw it can make a difference? I would make sure your band saw is set up properly. then I would suggest you try resawing some scrap or dimensional lumber before you try some expensive walnut. Then I would say 10/4 should be safe to resaw and yes having it edged and face planed is a good idea

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#3 posted 12-25-2017 04:30 PM

Agree on having a good sharp blade. And proper tension is important too. I’ve had inadequate tension cause the blade to bend inside the resaw cut and ruin my workpiece.

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#4 posted 12-25-2017 09:09 PM

I’ve watched this Snodgrass video and plan to setup following it:

It’s a new Jet 14XPRO and I have a new 1/2” 3 tpi blade – Powertec. Nothing fancy, but it’s brand new.

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#5 posted 12-25-2017 10:05 PM

Congrats on the new saw just watch your feed rate with a 1/2” blade 3tpi is good.

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#6 posted 12-25-2017 10:12 PM

You just got a bandsaw?? And you are ready to take on an expensive piece of walnut. I think that you should gain some experience before you tackle the walnut. It takes some practice and learning with your new tool.

In my area with relatively low prices for walnut, the best price I can find is over $7 a board foot. Wide boards are even more expensive and more difficult to resaw.

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