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Forum topic by johndoughy posted 11-21-2011 07:54 AM 1211 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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johndoughy

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11-21-2011 07:54 AM

Hey folks, I’ve visited this place a few times, but never really needed special help.

I am making sheaths for knives out of hardwoods (nothing burl or crazy) and the way I want to do it requires that I cut smooth arcs, but no turns or twists. I am under the impression a band saw can do this just fine. Then I need to cut it in half down the middle, and then cut another piece off…only about 3-5/32” thick.

Is this considered “resawing”? What kind of band saw do I need?


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mtenterprises

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 03:01 PM

Yes it is considered resawing and any bandsaw with a good sharp blade and a fence should be able to handle it. Took me a bit to figure out you meant 3/32” – 5/32”
MIKE

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 05:53 PM

Thanks! I’ve got an 11” band saw now and a fence is about $45, so I’ll get one of those. Thanks!

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Bill White

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 07:18 PM

Get the 1/2” Woodslicer blade from Highland Hardware. What length? My 11” takes a 72” blade. You won’e be unhappy.
Bill

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johndoughy

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 07:42 PM

I have this one:
http://www.epinions.com/hmgd-Shop_Tools-All-Craftsman_11_in_Band_Saw_Bench_Top_3_Wheel_Variable_Speed_21450

Thanks for the blade rec! Will this one do half inch blades?

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 02:25 AM

John, you could certianly make you own fence and save the $45 beans for more lumber of course.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 02:39 AM

How would I do that?

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 02:43 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1110

check this thread … and welcome to the gang.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 11:50 AM

No, a saw with wheels that small can’t handle a 1/2” blade. Use somewhere between 1/4” and 3/8” and you’ll be fine. As to the fence, go to FWW and search fo the article “Make Your Own Bandsaw Fence” by Patrick Sullivan (jan-Feb, 2010 pgs 54-57). They require a on-line membership, but will give you a free 2-week trial access. Well worth it. If that doesn’t help, pm me and I can send you the pdf.

Steve

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mtenterprises

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 06:11 PM

Why does everyone make a big deal about a BS fence I just clamp on a piece of angle iron with 2 c clamps.
MIKE

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#10 posted 11-27-2011 07:24 PM

Also recommending to make your own fence…..
I wasted over $100 on mine , thought that I couldn’t live with out it : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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