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Forum topic by Steve posted 12-31-2012 02:14 AM 745 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve

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12-31-2012 02:14 AM

I really have not used my 18” bandsaw to much. I set it up today with a new 5/8 Little Ripper blade with 3 tpi. I set my fence for drift and resawed a bunch of Western Red Cedar. The boards were very uniform at a 1/4” thickness but were a little rough on the cut surfaces. You may be able to see this on the photograph, do you think this is normal, or do I need to set up the saw a little better?


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#1 posted 12-31-2012 02:22 AM

That looks about right to me. Lower tpi blades tend to leave a rough surface.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 02:22 AM

Looks good to me, good job!

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 03:21 AM

I’d be happy with that. It’s a trade off between speed of cut and smoothness.

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

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 03:57 AM

If you have a planer, no problem, or you could just get a 6tpi and work a little slower.

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 04:13 AM

The surface finish isn’t horrible. Blades do make a difference too. I don’t know anything about the blade you’re using. People rave about the woodslicer for resawing. I saw a video of it cutting walnut recently and it appeared to cut smoother than the finish you got.

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 02:00 PM

I always allow for this by going a little thicker then run them thru my drum sander.

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 02:52 PM

That looks typical of my results as well. The way I look at is that a 1in thick resaw piece will normally be jointed/planed down to 3/4in dimensional size anyway. If you can get away resawing to closer tolerances then I would consider THAT a bonus. I have managed to get “six” 1/4in thick panels out of an 8/4 piece of Ash before. Of course the finished panels were closer to 0.20in but worked out well in my frames. Great for book-matching 8-)

Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 03:24 PM

I’ve NEVER been able to get a resaw cut any better than yours. Did you have a bunch of wandering?
A 3/4” blade should work on your saw though I don’t use any blade wider than 1/2” on my 14” BS. The 3/4” 3tpi might not have a tendency to “flutter” quite as much as a 5/8” if you can properly tension it.
Bill

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 04:24 PM

I use the TW 3/4in 3TPI on my 14in Rikon 10-325. I have had good luck using this blade, though I admit that this max’s out the tension on this BS. I have NO wander and use the flat resaw fence and NO resaw bar. I have resawn as thin as 1/4in with good results, IMO.

With that 18in BS the OP might even consider going to a full 1in 3-4 TPI blade for resaw, though I don’t think the results would be any better than you are already getting. Personally, I remember using the stock blade on mine, a 5/8in 6TPI, and those extra teeth sure seemed to make it want to wander during a resaw session, but maybe that was just me and my lack of talent at the time… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 12-31-2012 06:08 PM

that looks great to me nice job!!!!

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

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#11 posted 12-31-2012 06:10 PM

yes I use a 1inch blade for resawing Timberwolf and it saws great if thats any help

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

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#12 posted 12-31-2012 08:08 PM

Thanks for the comments guy’s, I guess that its cutting good, and they can easily be cleaned up with a sander. These are stretching boards for animal hides. I have a couple of hundred to make, of assorted sizes.

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