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unisaw

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05-27-2013 at 12:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: brass bandsaw blade cut question

I recently bought the Hock spokeshave kit and the instructions call for assembling the tool with the brass plate and then shaping it on the bandsaw which means cutting through the brass. See this video at the 6:25 point:

http://www.hocktools.com/videos.htm#KSPVideo

I have a Rikon 16” with the blade that came with the saw and two Highland blades – the 1/2” wood slicer and a 1/2” 3 TPI blade. Can I use any of these to cut the brass?


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#1 posted 05-27-2013 at 12:39 AM

I wouldn’t, you need a finer tooth blade, something like 10 tpi.

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 at 12:44 AM

Use a finer blade and expect to wreck it. Wood cutting
bandsaws run too fast to cut metal.

I would use something else.

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 at 12:59 AM

Got a jigsaw?

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 at 01:24 AM

Most brass is pretty soft and I think you’ll get along fine with your bandsaw using a 10 TPI or finer blade. I have sawed many miles of brass with jeweler’s saws and it is not hard on blades at all so you could use a fret saw or jewelers saw instead of your BS.

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 at 08:28 PM

I second gfadvm, take your time and cut it by hand, I also suggest a little wax on the blade for a smoother action.

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