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Forum topic by Jackietreehorn posted 09-05-2013 07:53 PM 1561 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jackietreehorn

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09-05-2013 07:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bamboo plywood

Hope this right area to ask, I want to get a new blade before I start next project and am curious what blades have worked well with bamboo ply.
Thanks in advance!

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gfadvm

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 01:27 AM

I use a 40 tooth Freud Diablo and get very clean cuts BUT I always use a zero clearance insert.

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 01:32 AM

It’s splintery so a blade suited for fine crosscuts or melamine
will give the the cleanest cut. A zero clearance insert, properly
set up so there is no gap between the insert and the
work when feeding (check saw table flatness, etc) is
a cheaper way to use a less-than-premium blade. If
you check the prices on melamine blades you’ll see what
I mean.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 01:49 AM

I have noticed that “Tiger Strand” bamboo splinters MUCH worse than conventional (non-stranded) bamboo ply.

Taping the cutline with blue painter’s tape does NOT seem to help much when crosscutting stranded bamboo.

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Jackietreehorn

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 02:27 PM

Got it! My last project involved melamine and instead of using a melamine blade I used a thin kerf 80 tooth blade I had with zero clearance insert. It actually worked out better than the melamine blade I had used in my other shop. Thanks for the input!

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 09:32 PM

A blade with a high tooth and a Hi-ATB grind will give the least amount of tearout. Infinity makes some of the best blades I’ve used….their Ultrasmooth 010-080 would be ideal, but their 010-060 would also be a great choice. A Forrest Duraline, Freud LU79/LU80, or CMT 210.080.10 would also be fine choices. One of those blades and the technique suggest by gfadvm should give you great results.

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