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Forum topic by Alexander posted 03-12-2012 05:05 AM 1184 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alexander

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03-12-2012 05:05 AM

I want to cut some green wood to turn on my lathe. What band saw blade should I use. I would be cutting rounds from 5” to 12”. So far I am just breaking blades so I don’t think I am using the right kind and size.

Thanks, John

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.


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Loren

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 06:01 AM

Your breakage problem may be due to technique in sawing
the wood. Do not freehand work unless there is a solid
bearing surface of wood riding on the table. Crosscutting
of logs may be done with some caution, but the wood should
be touching the table in some solid and controllable way.

Try this blade:
http://www.mcfeelys.com/product/BSB-0604/38quot-x-4-tpi-x-105quot-Skip-Tooth-Olson-Bandsaw-Blade

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Bill White

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 02:46 PM

What saw, what blade do ya have? Skip tooth for sure ‘cause you’re gonna need a blade that has enough gullet depth and kerf to clear the wet wood from the cuts.
If your saw is big enough, a 1/2” carbide toothed blade with 3 tpi may be the way to go unlessyour saw is too small to handle this blade.
Bill

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Alexander

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 03:55 PM

I have a Delta 12” band saw. I was using a 1/8” blade to cut my rounds. I split the round in half, layed the flat side on my jig and started cutting. I may have been going to fast! I can see why the skip tooth would be better as I have read about the wet wood plugging up the gullet. I can use a 1/2” blade but I need to check for how many teeth and I don’t think it is skip tooth. I would like to get a blade that could cut turning rounds out of green wood that would work between 12” and 5”.

Thanks for your input guys, John

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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xwingace

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 04:52 PM

1/8” blade is way too small for that, yeah. You need to move up. A circle jig of some sort might help also.

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Brian Scott

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 02:58 AM

You can also use hard back carbon blades instead of a carbide tipped blade.

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Alexander

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#6 posted 03-13-2012 04:20 AM

I went to the McFeely site and checked out their blades. Don’t know what a “had back carbon” blade is. What brand and type of blace would be good for cutting 5” to 12” turning rounds from green wood that wont take my SS check for the month?

John

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#7 posted 03-13-2012 04:32 AM

I have been cutting rounds for the lathe for awhile and have always and still do use a 1/2” three teeth per inch blade. Make sure the half log is as flat on the table as possible, also a good idea to make a circle to follow with chalk or a marker you can see easily, also you can cut out some circles out of waste ply or mfd screw to top of log and follow that. Remeber your making a very thick cut so go slow keep the right tention on the blade to ward off deflection of the blade. I use a regular blade no need for anything special.

-- Tom D

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