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08-07-2012 09:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip apple bandsaw shaping arts and crafts

I recently bought a bandsaw and i am having a few problems.
I used the 10mm blade which did not “burn” the wood. the 3mm did. (apple wood)
is this due to me misfitting the blade? tensioners?
there is a guide near the blade which i had to widen which has 2 alan screws how far away from the blade should they be?
the 3mm blade broke. (i think the tension was wrong) so I am asking for advice before i buy a 6mm and a 3mm blades.
Thanks in advance.

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 10:09 AM

I would never go smaller than 4mm (1/8”), or wider than 6mm (1/4”) and 10 mm (3/8) BS blades. Manufacturers may say their BS works find with 3mm wide blades but breakage pretty common. It may be true of 4mm blades too! Not sure if operator did not set up BS correctly or tried forcing wood, or too many teeth per inch blade.

Depending upon radius and size of wood to cut also whether wet or dry will find 6mm, 10mm, and 12mm with right number of teeth per inch TPI workhorses of bandsaw box world. Depending upon availability 3, 4, and 6 teeth per inch with hook, or raker set blades should serve you well.

PVA white or yellow glue should work well for glue ups. I like Elmers and Tidebond II sold here in U.S.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 10:25 AM

Wildwood – thanks for the advice.
I will stop buying the 3mm ones for now until i get used to using the BS.
Ill look for the brands of glue in the shop.

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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