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Forum topic by Don W posted 08-14-2011 06:36 PM 1490 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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08-14-2011 06:36 PM

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I finally got my band saw restored and tuned where i can re-saw with it. The 1/2” 3 tpi hook blade works great for turning a chunk of firewood into usable plane blanks and ripping a 1×6 into 1/2×6. The problem now, I always used the band saw for cutting curves and the like. It just doesn’t work with the 1/2” blade. So my question, what does everybody else do for this dilemma? 2 band saws? A scroll saw? Switch blades and setup? Inquiring minds need to know.

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 09:49 PM

I solved the problem with finding a great deal on a second bandsaw.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 10:26 PM

A long time ago I found this chart

Note that with a 1/2” blade you cannot cut anything less than a 2-1/2” radius. For general shop work, I keep a 1/4” 6 tpi gap-tooth blade in the saw. According to the chart that should allow a 5/8” radius – hah! Not with the cheapo Craftsman three-wheeler that I have used for so long. The guides aren’t anywhere near that good.

The Craftsman is going. I just rebuilt an old Homecraft that I will use. Much higher resaw capability and the blades are easier to change on the two-wheeler. I ordered 2 X 1/4” 3 tpi gap tooth blades and, now that it’s running, I will probably order 1/8” blades for tight curves and 1/2” or 5/8” for resawing. Changing the blades and restting the guides isn’t enough trouble and I am not rich enough to justify two bandsaws. Let’s not even mention limited shop space… ooops!

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 02:08 AM

@DonW, I use the small scroll saw for curves and the small band saw for straights. A larger band saw someday will handle all re-saw chores, but I get by just fine with my two $150 machines for now. good luck.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 03:00 AM

I always switch between my 1/2’’ and my 1/4’’ blade. At the beginning of a project I use my half 1/2’’ blade for all of my mill work and re-sawing. And the when I finish all of that I look into the project and see if I have any hefty work that my 1/4’’ can’t do, If not I go ahead and change the blade and a do all my curve cuts.
It is a pain but it works and I’m doing Ok with it.

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Don W

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 04:20 AM

thanks. I’m thinking I need to start looking for a scroll saw. Maybe even a benchtop bandsaw. I really don’t want to switch blades out, and I just don’t plan my projects that well. I often switch projects before completion which complicates it even more.

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#6 posted 08-15-2011 04:47 AM

I have an old Delta 14” that I upgraded the guides to Carter’s and I also slightly round the back edge of the blade itself. You can either buy the Carter grind stone or get a very fine stone from the big box store and as the saw is running place the stone on the table and allow the blade to run against the stone and rotate the stone to smooth and round the back of the blade. This will allow a slightly tighter turning radius and will also keep the sharp edge of the blade from hanging up on the wood. I do it to all of my blades when they are first installed

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 12:37 PM

Old Delta 14 for contour…20” Grizz for straight & resaw in cabmet shop.

Grizz 7×12 Horiz for cut-off….old Walker Turner vert for contour in mach. shop.

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 09:24 PM

Bowsaw. And if Santa would just bring me a bandsaw I’d be set.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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