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Forum topic by Tom Canales posted 07-03-2011 08:27 PM 5926 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom Canales

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07-03-2011 08:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw resaw rikon

OK so i just bought a Rikon 14” bandsaw, got it put together and adjusted. I’m new to bandsaws and I’m confused about how to use the supplied resaw bar. I would have figured to resaw you simply run a piece of wood along the fence. What is the point of the resaw bar? How is that thing suppose to help? it just seems to be in the way.

-- I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure

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#1 posted 07-03-2011 08:56 PM

It lets you make subtle corrections while resawing. It’s pretty
tricky to set up a bandsaw for perfection in resawing with
a straight fence.

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#2 posted 07-03-2011 08:59 PM

Tom, look up bandsaw drift angle. If you have not set your fence to account for drift the saw will not cut a straight line. If you use the resaw bar to guide by hand along a mark you can get consistent cuts regardless of drift. Using the resaw bar allows you account for drift on the fly. It can be faster if you do onesy-twosy resawing. If you are doing a bunch of resawing it’s probably worth the time to fuss with zeroing out the drift.

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#3 posted 07-03-2011 09:00 PM

It is like a single-point pivot fence. Some people like to resaw that way. I prefer to set my fence at a slight angle to correct for blade drift.

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#4 posted 07-03-2011 09:25 PM

That is to adjust for blade drift. Here’s some videos, differant fence, but are basically the same thing
Resawing On A Band saw Part 1 Presented by Woodcraft

Resawing On A Band saw Part 2 Presented by Woodcraft

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 02:08 AM

Thanks for all the helpful replies guys!

-- I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure

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