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Forum topic by BuyoMasilla posted 06-30-2011 02:43 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2011 02:43 PM

Greetings Ladies & Gents,

I’m not sure if there are some of you out there like me who at times buys something because it seemed like too good a deal to pass on. (Sorry, here I go making a short story long) I’ll try to stay on point. Was wanting and looking for a bandsaw. Not many were showing up in the local paper classifieds which is a good resource. Finally a fairly old Rockwell with a small motor showed up. I’ve been thinking that a bandsaw would be a nice addition to my collection of inexpensive and underpowered homeowner type woodworking tools. Though I has no opulence, I jump in it. It’s only .5 hp 14” bandsaw with decent resawing (has a riser) capacity. As I am hopeful of resawing with it, I went to the local blade sharpener and had him weld me a 3/4” 3 tpi blade.

Yesterday I checked out a DVD from my local library on BS operation. It has a lot of information and gave me some ideas for when I start using this tool. (I didn’t say that it is at a Buddy’s garage while mine gets retrofitted). The expert in the DVD didn’t own a 3/4” wide blade and resawed with 1/2” blade.

My question to you here, if you will comment, is the half inch wide blade better for resawing than the 3/4”?, what could the pros & cons be between one and the other?, any of you have a homemade fence design you could share?

I look forward to reading your opinions and thank you for reading.

Best Regards, Mario, KHA Buyo Masilla

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 02:49 PM

I’m a bandsaw novice but I’ve received great advice here. I’d recommend first getting the Iturra catalog (requests to Before the White Knights come after me for posting an e-mail address, it’s on the front cover of the catalog in big bold print. It’s more of a reference book than a catalog and since he sells almost all brands, it’s very objective. I find resawing best with a Lenox 3/4”. A 1/2” will certainly do, and may actually be a better choice for a 14”. I’ve got 1/4” through 1” for my 20” and I find the 3/4” to be the most manageable. The thick blades can be angry during installation, so be sure to wear gloves and eye protection. There are some bandsaw gurus here; I’m sure all of your questions will be answered. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 03:26 PM

In general, the thicker the blade the better for resawing so I would favor the 3/4” blade.

However, the 1/2” might be a better choice if it has a narrower kerf. You are going to be very underpowered if you try to resaw a very wide piece of hardwood. The wood will be going through the saw very slowly. With a narrower kerf you would be removing less material and can probably go a little faster. The down side is that you might have more problems with drift with a 1/2” blade.

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

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 03:39 PM

Rich is on the money, as usual. That’s a smallish motor for resawing but if you go slowly with a very sharp blade, you should be OK. If you’re really new to bandsaws, the drift Rich is speaking of (drifting off your desired cutline) is less of an issue with large, thick, rigid blades. Your saw mike struggle with such a blade but for a 14” saw, blades are relatively cheap and you can experiment. Someone mentioned a buy X get X free on Timberwolf blades within the last few days. I don’t like Timberwolf blades, but you might, especially if the price is right.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 03:40 PM

In addition to what Rich mentions, there’s the fact that even though some saws can accept a 3/4 blade, tensioning them the proper amount may be more difficult with the larger blade. I have a Jet deluxe 14” pro model, and tightening up a 3/4 blade is not that easy. Probably harder on the saw over time as well. I’ve found that the 1/2 blade does a fine job on resawing.

Previous to the Jet, I had an older model Delta, and it’s spring was too worn out to tension a 3/4 blade. You might find out your saw is in the same boat, depending on age, so a replacement spring might be in order.

My fence is a Kreg, so I’m no help on shop made fences, but there are alot of good free designs to be found on the Internet.


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#5 posted 06-30-2011 03:44 PM

Excellent point, Dave. I’ve got the old Rockwell 20”. It’s a real bear getting a 3/4” on the tires. It’s actually pretty scary firing it up after blade change, too. I replaced the tension springs but mine, like yours, was to sloppy to properly tension a wide blade when I received it. I’ve resorted to clamping the blade in place on the wheels, then slowly rotating it while I tension. It’s cut me up like a Ginsu before.

Regarding fences, I bought the Kreg driftmaster but my shopmade fence really worked just as well (sorry Kreg). I made a simple L-shaped fence out of 3/4 inch plywood, made sure it was dead square, bracketed it to stay that way, and added some slick plastic surfacing. Works fine for me for about $5.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-30-2011 10:42 PM

Thank you so much for sharing Gentlemen.

I have to say, this site never ceases to amaze. Wish I’d fallen here earlier, but glad to be here now. The knowlwedge that is willingly shared, and the respectful manner in which it is done is simply amazing. I have to say that as I look at projects and read comments, well, it can be intimidating. Yet people are willing to share and do so with no condescending, irony or mean spiritidness.

Thanks for allowing me to participate in the sharing.

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 04:05 AM

Bertha – What dont you like about the Timberwolf blades? I really like my 1” TW resaw blade.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-01-2011 04:39 AM

I would suggest reading “The Bandsaw Book”. It is a really good resource.

I prefer a 1/2” 3tpi blade for resawing. I do agree that a 3/4” blade may be a little better and have more beam strength but I still like the 1/2”. I think that with a properly tuned saw and proper feed rate the 1/2” is sufficient. I use Timberwolf blades and they cut like butter even in very dense hardwoods. I have also heard very good things about the Wood Slicer from Highland Woodworking.

I have an old Rockwell from 1965 that I completely restored and upgraded to a 1hp motor and added Carter giudes. It cuts really well but I do give up some height. But, for me, I dont need the 12” height a riser kit would give. In fact, I dont think a riser is a good idea on a 14” saw. They are not built or engineered for the extra strain that is required to properly tension the longer blade. I feel it places too much tension on the casting and therfore I will never put one on. If I ever get into a need to wider resawing I will buy an older Powermatic or Delta/Rockwell 20” saw.

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#9 posted 07-02-2011 07:47 PM

The 14” saws I am familiar with [and yours is not one of them] would seem at first glance to accept a 3/4” blade. But – the tensioning issue mentioned above can be a problem, plus – even though the wheels/tires are wide enough to mount the blade, if they are crowned, they are not wide enough to correctly mount the blade. I have a 14” Delta w/ riser kit, and use 1/2” – 3 TPI skip-tooth blades for resawing, but I am not generally doing 10” wide x 1/8” veneeer – in which case my saw ain’t the correct saw in the first place.

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