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woodsmithshop

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12-28-2012 09:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blade

what would be the best size (width) and tpi for a band saw blade to do band saw boxes? does more teeth give a smoother cut? I figure on using small pieces of firewood 3” to 6” thick. just thought some of you more experienced in BS boxes might share your thoughts on this subject.
Thanks for any input.

-- Smitty!!!


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RussellAP

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 09:32 PM

More TPI will give a smoother cut, but a good blade will do it no matter how many. If you plan to do cuts that have a tight curve, I’d go with a 1/4 4-6 TPI. I get by with a 3/8 6 TPI but the curves get tight.

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woodsmithshop

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 09:44 PM

Russell ,whenever I’ve tried this before the cut was so rough that by the time I sanded out the blade marks it was such a sloppy fit that I was ashamed to finish it. I am considering getting the Carter Stabilizer to see if that helps.
thanks for the info.

-- Smitty!!!

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mbs

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 10:59 PM

I would recommend Diamond blades. I was introduced to them by Hal Taylor and they are, by far, the best blades I’ve ever used and they’re inexpensive in my opinion. I don’t make bandsaw boxes so others can chime in on the size. I use a 3/8” 032” 3 TPI for just about everything I do. You need to select the width based on the tightest radius that you need to cut. I get then from here.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 11:07 PM

3/16” Timberwolf blade and a Carter Stabilizer and you can use your bandsaw like a scroll saw

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LeChuck

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 11:21 PM

Is it a quick switch to the Carter Stabilizer from their regular guides?

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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woodsmithshop

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#6 posted 12-29-2012 12:40 AM

Le Chuck, If I put the Stabilizer on my 10” Rikon I will leave it on, I have a 14” PM that I will use for all other BS duties
mbs, I did not see a 3/16” blade on your site.
jat, I really like the Timberwolf blades, I use them or Carter.

-- Smitty!!!

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Loren

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#7 posted 12-29-2012 01:02 AM

3/16” blades are nice for that sort of thing, but they are
fragile, so order more than one. A blade brazing kit can
be handy too.

What blade width you can do the work with depends
on the curves you want to do… and to some extent
the actual scale of the work.

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Straightbowed

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 01:59 AM

the 1/8 is best for boxes but you really need the special bearing assy from the guru upgrade guys that pushes the blade past vertical so when you back out of a cut the blade doesn’t go with the work hust sayiny need to watch the bandsaw video on utube from carter it has some really good info on small bandsaws and the special bearing for sawing bandsaw boxes please watch the video it will enlighten your decision

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 02:58 AM

I like my 1/8” blades and the Carter stabilizer and don’t find them to be at all fragile. I have Timberwolf blades currently. The higher TPI cut a little slow in thick woods and tend to burn more in hard woods. I like my 6 TPI for bandsaw boxes but will use the 14 TPI for really fine cuts in thinner wood. Timberwolf claims that you don’t need to tension their blades as tight and that may be the reason I don’t break these thin blades (plus I ALWAYS detension them when they’re not being used).

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Straightbowed

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#10 posted 12-29-2012 03:29 AM

yes I have timberwolf 1 1/4 blades for resaw hit 2 nails and the blade srtill cuts great I really dont see how but it does what a blade

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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Straightbowed

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#11 posted 12-29-2012 03:31 AM

I have a tool room bud at work and Im goin to try to have him cut me a couple bearings with the slot and fix up a holder like the carter bearing jig so I can cut some bandsaw bowes

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 12-29-2012 04:08 AM

Stevo, If you do a shop made “stabilizer”, please let us know how it does. I love my Carter but feel it was REALLY overpriced and it looks relatively simple to make. And the “adapter” I had to buy was certainly overpriced in my opinion. I’m very suprised that no one has tried making their own “stabilizer”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Surfside

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#13 posted 01-02-2013 08:10 PM

Haltbar saw blades – 3/16” 10 – to 14 tpi blade and add stabilizer.

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woodsmithshop

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#14 posted 01-02-2013 09:26 PM

Surfside, all I found was the 1/4” blade, no 3/16, I did order a 6tpi and a 10tpi x 1/4”x 70-1/2” we’ll see how they do.
thanks for the info.

I found the Carter Stabilizer on Peachtree, with a 10% discount and free shipping, I ordered it, so I saved a little, $71.96, vs $91.95, at Carter, $ 20 saved.

-- Smitty!!!

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Surfside

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#15 posted 01-02-2013 09:38 PM

I didn’t realize that they don’t have 3/16” . Well, 1/4” can still do the job.
Good you had a nice deal with Carter.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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