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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 357 days ago

I would go with the 3 tpi

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#2 posted 357 days ago

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

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#3 posted 357 days ago

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


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#4 posted 357 days ago

I agree…the 1/2 inch 3 TPI

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#5 posted 356 days ago

3T it is. Thanks gents.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 356 days ago

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 356 days ago

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 356 days ago

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 356 days ago

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 356 days ago

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

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