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Forum topic by cbehnke posted 538 days ago 451 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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538 days ago

I’d like to get some feedback on good choices for a BS blade to do some curved cutting through hardwood up to 8/4 thickness, but here is the catch: i’d like for the blade to have no, or very minimal kerf, so it leaves the wood as smooth as possible so that I can do minimal clean-up sanding and piece it back together for a glue up with a tight joint.

I wasn’t able to post a pic of a project I did using that technique but it’s very similar to the cutting boards a lot of people refer to as “drunken” cutting boards

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#1 posted 538 days ago

Call Louis Iturra @ Iturra Design 904-642-2802. He knows all about BS. Ask him to send you a catalog. It is a great source if info.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 538 days ago

No such thing as “no kerf”. The narrowest kerf you can get with a saw blade would be using a scroll saw. The narrowest band saw blade, I believe is .020” thick. Cutting 8/4 hardwood would not be an easy task. Lots of broken blades.

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#3 posted 538 days ago

There are no, “no kerf” blades. The width of the blade will be determined by the radius of the cuts you want to make. Use the widest blade you can get away with and still turn the radii that your project calls for. The finer tooth blades make a smoother cut but normally in 8/4 stock you want a coarse blade to minimize heat build up. You are going to have to find a compromise between tooth count and smoothness of cut.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 538 days ago

I think he is trying to say tooth set.

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#5 posted 538 days ago

right, thanks ron and bondo, i mis-used kerf. I was confusing it with the additional width of cut caused by the side to side blade tooth off-sets…which i now will call tooth set.

so i’m looking for zero to minimal tooth offset. learn more terminology every day.

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