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Jake

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09-05-2013 08:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw bandsaw basics

I have recently acquired a Rikon bandsaw. I have watched every video there is on how to set up the bandsaw so I think I have that down fairly well. What I have not been able to find are instructions (video or otherwise) on how to actually use the bandsaw. For example what is the proper technique when making a tight arc with a 1/4” blade. Do you turn and move at the same time or what? I would really like to see a video of the dos and don’t of cutting arcs on a bandsaw. Can anyone help? By the way I practice by making bandsaw boxes so you know I have to make a lot of turns.

-- Jake


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 12:01 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Band-Saw-Handbook-Mark-Duginske/dp/0806963980

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Complete-Guide-Band/dp/1565233182/ref=pd_sim_b_2

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bandsaw-Book-Lonnie-Bird/dp/1561582891/ref=pd_sim_b_1

Anyone of these books will help with both basic and advanced knowledge on using your band saw.  

Just go to sections that interest you! Some of these books maybe on DVD too.

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Loco

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 12:17 PM

watch this then follow the videos on the right. See ya after Christmas. Have fun !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EexhzUmXL4

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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Manitario

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 12:45 PM

I have the 3rd book that Wildwood suggested by Lonnie Bird; it’s a great intro to using the bandsaw.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 12:59 PM

BS is a pretty straight forward machine. Once you learn to change blades, tension blades and position them properly with bearings and blocks, it’s just a matter of using it. Keep your fingers out of the blade path when pushing wood though and find a quality place to get a decent blade. I suggest Timberwolf.

Practice keeping the wood centered during a curve, the tendency is to push and twist the wood while following the pencil line but to keep the blade straight. Not easy unless you have the right blade. So when you notice the blade is doing the flexing to cut the line, its time to get a thinner blade. 1/4” gets me by with my curves, but I keep a 3/8 and 1/2 blades for thicker resawing.

One of the most useful tools in the shop.

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Jake

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 06:53 PM

Wow thanks everyone for the advice, direction, book and video recommendations. I have ordered two of the books and watched the video. The Carter device looks interesting but I think I need to get a 3/16” blade. The picture is a band saw box I finished this morning. Getting better but not there yet.

-- Jake

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Surfside

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 09:23 PM

Beautiful band saw box.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Jake

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 09:33 PM

Thanks Surfside. There is a tradeoff. The better I get with the band saw the less sanding I have to do. I never mind less sanding. Also the better I get with the band saw the more intricate designs I can try. By the way is the proper word bandsaw or band saw?

-- Jake

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syenefarmer

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 11:43 PM

Most of the manufacturers I looked at use the bandsaw spelling. While typing this, spell check informed me that spelling was incorrect and band saw was correct. Both ways were on the Internet so both ways must be right!! Oh look, here comes a French model and his girlfriend.

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Surfside

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 09:26 PM

Here’s a long thread to answer your question Jake http://lumberjocks.com/topics/25794

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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