Which band saw for re-sawing ?

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Forum topic by elginrunner posted 05-21-2011 03:21 AM 2186 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2011 03:21 AM

I’ve got the basic tools for woodworking. I have a great company to purchase kiln dried lumber in just about any dimension wanted. I’ve been buying 15/16” oak for my cabinet projects but hate to see all that nice lumber turning into saw dust going to 3/4” through my planer. I have began to ponder on re-sawing and need a bit of information.

What type of BS is typically used for this? Any special fittings or jigs needed? What type of blade thickness and tooth selection should I consider?

The congressional over site committee has already given approval, as she has just purchased a new scroll saw… : )

Thanks in advance
Brock in Arkansas

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 04:36 AM

Answer: a big one.

Resawing is way easier if you rip your stock into 6 inch or narrower boards
and then resaw. Most wider skinny boards will move lots anyway and
you’ll have to rip and joint them anyway to make them lie flat as
thick veneers. The exception is perfectly quartersawn lumber.

if you’ve got 220 get a saw with a 2HP or bigger motor for heavy
sawing. The larger steel framed bandsaws are more robust than
many of the 14” cast iron ones. Still, some famous builders like
Michael Fortune cut lots on the famous General 14” saw without
a riser block. The newer General International saw is nowhere

The 18” and larger steel-framed bandsaws have a lot of mass and
most have a foot or more of resaw capacity.

Laguna makes some very spendy saws designed specifically for
resawing. Some people who know say the Agazzani saws are
the best all-round if you have the dough.

I have an old 20” Delta saw with a Laguna 1.25” carbide blade. When
the blade is very sharp it resaws very nicely. The guides could be
upgraded, but I haven’t got round to it.

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 07:42 AM

I guess it depends on how much money you want to spend. I’m a hobbyist woodworker, not a professional one and my research led me to the Rikon Deluxe 14” band saw. It was my first band saw, so I was looking for the best bang for the buck until I knew what I wanted or needed to upgrade to. I haven’t felt the need to upgrade at all and it has served me very well with plenty of re-saw capacity and power. With a Woodslicer blade it cuts through the toughest stuff like a hot knife through butter. There are a lot of quality band saws out there. The Rikon gets very good reviews. I’d definitely check it out in your research.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 02:33 PM

My idea was to re saw material to make small boxes, and projects for my wifes scroll saw. I really didn’t have an idea about dollar amount. I’d probably not budget more than $500 or so not knowing how much it would be used.

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 03:31 PM

I have the grizzly G0555 with the riser kit.I resaw red oak with no problems.
I bought a 3/8 6tpi and a 1/2 4tpi for resawing from highland hardware.
So far I haven’t used the 1/2 blade yet,just been using the 3/8 blade.

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 04:02 PM

If you are looking for bang for your buck yo should look at Grizzly.
I don’t think that I would fill my shop with only grizzly tools but this seems to be a nice bs.
I have a 9” bandsaw that I picked up for $35 on craigs list. It is next on my list to upgrade.


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#6 posted 05-21-2011 04:38 PM

my advice, get what you can afford. $500 won’t get you all the saw that has been recommended to date, but it will get you started. Just stay away from 3-wheeled bench top models.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 04:43 PM

I have the Grizzly G0514 and the woodslicer blade from Highland….this is a great combo for resawing.

I also have a Jet with a riser kit that the G0514 replaced (the jet is a good machine but underpowered for resawing very hard woods – you have to feed slooooowly) I now have the jet set up with a carter guide and a 3/16” blade….it can almost turn on itself – I use this one now for cutting curves, arcs and other decorative cuts.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 04:51 PM

You can pick up a Delta 14” 1 hp bandsaw for around $600.00 when rockler has 15% of there tools. This is the best tool for resawing, (1 hp).

my 2 cents.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#9 posted 05-21-2011 04:59 PM

Make sure you look at maximum height of cut (e.g. riser kit mentioned above). 14” bandsaws are normally 6” with the kit you can increase to 12”

There are lots of plans for sleds, resawing fences, and potentally an outfeed table to make the process easier.

Saw with a big enough motor is needed (Michael has that covered)

Need the approprate blade. Wide is better with the approprate teeth to take an agressive cut.

I would suggest getting a good bandsaw book and giving it a read. I recommend the Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird

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#10 posted 05-21-2011 05:00 PM

Lots of good suggestions. Resawing 12” veneers can be done but expect to spend lots of mony to do it consistently. I’ve got an 18” Tiwan bandsaw I replaced to motor for a 3HP and I use a laguna Carbide resaw king blade. It does a great job. I don’t resaw more than 4-5” thick. But I use the resaw blade all the time. I just cut some 1/16” strips 3/4’ wide for edging. Saves a lot of wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 05-21-2011 08:03 PM

In my shop I have an 18” 2 hp Jet bandsaw set up for resawing. It works great. I also have an 11” ShopSmith bandsaw (with the Carter Stabilizer) set up for the curvy stuff. I consider this an ideal setup.

Be advised that resawing with low hp is a very slow process. In theory, you can resaw a 10” wide board of hard wood with a 1 hp or smaller motor, but you will have to be very patient because the board will move through the saw much slower than a snail’s pace.

You also want the widest blade you can put on your saw. I currently use a 3/4” but I plan to go up to a 1”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 05-22-2011 03:58 PM

Thank you for the great information guys. I appreciate it a lot. It looks like I need to read a few books on band saws.

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