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Forum topic by Eric posted 08-26-2011 03:39 AM 1129 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric

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08-26-2011 03:39 AM

I want to take a project from tree to kitchen cabinet doors.

I’m thinking of picking up a used 12” Craftsman band saw with a 6” depth of cut. Its purpose would be to take 24” to 36” long tree limbs with 5” or smaller diameter and cut them into 1×3x3s and 1×2x3s. The band saw I’m looking at with accept a 1/2” blade.

I’m not starting a business…just gearing up for a serious, one-time, home project. Will a band saw like this do the task?

The model is 113.247410.

I plan to use Ash.

-- Eric


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ajosephg

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 04:05 AM

Eric

I have that band saw (or one that looks very similar) and I don’t think it has the guts to do what you want. Mine struggles if you try to cut anything close to 1.5 inch.

I recently had a need to resaw some boards and I found a fellow who had a big Grizzly (with 12 inch depth of cut) with a 2 inch blade. What a beautiful machine. Well worth the $25.00/hr I gave him for the pleasure.

Even more importantly, I don’t recommend using limbs for your project. Limbs have a lot of internal stress caused by gravity, and you will have never ending warping and twisting. That would be especially bad news for doors.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 05:45 AM

Wow guys. Thanks. It was a beautiful thought, but I was way off base! Perhaps I will cut the tree and price out professional resawing and drying!

Joe, do you like that band saw for other more common band saw uses? The one I’m looking at show 1 1/8hp.

-- Eric

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 01:23 PM

Eric, it is ok for light duty work, but if I could do a redo, I would get a different brand. My main dislikes are the aluminum table (marks the wood) and the way it splits to change the blade, and the overall lack of rigidity.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 03:37 PM

I got that got that saw and it wont even make a good boat anchor.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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