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04-28-2013 08:45 PM

Afternoon all. I’m pretty new to the re saw game. I want to re saw some 4/4 X 6 cherry into 1/8” X 6” slices to make a pair of curved drawer fronts. I have a 1/2 X 3T blade and a 1/4 X 5/6T blade. Which would you recommend? The 1/4 leaves a better finish but…..

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 08:55 PM

I would go with the 3 tpi

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 09:32 PM

I’d use the 3 tpi and leave enough thickness to plane to smooth.

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 10:00 PM

Definitely the 1/2 inch 3tpi, did something similar with mahogany just the other day in fact.

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 10:24 PM

I agree…the 1/2 inch 3 TPI

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 02:34 PM

3T it is. Thanks gents.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 05:02 PM

The 5-6T blade is not for resawing as the gullets will fill up with sawdust and burn the wood. As everyone has said, the 3T blade is the right choice. My only concern is; can you tension the blade enough to keep it from wandering?

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 06:32 PM

MrRon. It’s a Rikon 14”. I don’t know bugger about re sawing, hence the question, but the Rikon is supposed to be a pretty good re saw machine. Guess I’ll find out.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 07:08 PM

You will need a wider sawblade for resawing Mr Ron is correct sorry nothing to do with the saw but maybe you need a bigger one that will take an inch plus blades my saw takes an inch and a half and it’s still a chore resawing the proper resaw bandsaws have a four inch plus wide blade with a power feeder have you a sawmill nearby who could help My 2 cents sorry. Alistair

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 07:24 PM

Use a new 3 TPI 1/2” or wider blade and you should have
acceptable results. If you leave a few extra inches length
in the boards you’ll likely find you can get a long section in
the middle where your feed rate is even enough that you
can just glue the plies with no planing. The glue line will
be more pronounced but stock loss is minimized.


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#10 posted 04-29-2013 08:00 PM

1/2 3TPI blade is best for resawing on 14 inch band saw.

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