|Forum topic by Douglas||posted 01-17-2013 03:30 AM||1458 views||7 times favorited||17 replies|
01-17-2013 03:30 AM
Well, its my bandsaw, a Grizzly G0555P 14” that I got about a year and a half ago. It came without the riser block, and I upgraded to that shortly after getting it, for 12” of resaw capacity. At the same time, I also got a Wood Slicer 1/2” 3-4 tpi blade. I thought I was in great shape, put it on, and made my cuts. But for the most part I wasn’t re-sawing anything, just making thinner “flat” cuts, and those went fine. But in the last 3-4 months, I have had reason to make some taller cuts, and resaw cuts, and dammit, the blade was wandering. Badly.
Frustrated, I read up, and watched videos, on how to tune and set up a bandsaw. I crawled around, made the adjustments, and while it got better, it still was drifting too far. I sort of walked away from it for a while, not sure what I was doing wrong. The problem was eating at me, however. Great blade? check. Did all the setup stuff I was supposed to? check. So why were my cuts getting crooked?
Then last week I had to do some resawing again, and I couldn’t stand having this problem anymore. Reading up on how to set things up, again, I saw someone mention of how an incorrect setup can screw up your blade, and that getting a new, good blade is a good place to start tuning up a bandsaw. Interesting. Thinking of how I got here, I realized that it was over a year ago when I got the great blade, but the saw was set up poorly. I ran it that way for a year or so. THEN I did the setup properly, but I’d probably already screwed up the blade. One was always throwing the other off, and that’s why I didn’t get the results I wanted.
So last week I ordered a new Wood Slicer 1/2 3-4tpi blade. When it arrived, I tore my bandsaw down, and slowly and methodically cleaned it all up, put on the new blade, and set it up correctly. Guess what? Perfect resawing at last…
(The lens makes that last one look crooked, but its dead straight all the way through and along the cut). color me happy.
So, lesson learned. When trying to solve a problem, do all the steps at the right time in the right order, or some part you assume is going to fine could screw everything up.
-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com