|Forum topic by Hotpuppy||posted 12-14-2013 10:51 PM||1621 views||1 time favorited||17 replies|
12-14-2013 10:51 PM
Hi guys, I am still new to woodworking, and still setting up my shop. I am considering the differences between a table saw and a bandsaw. I have already made the investment in a planer and a jointer. I will be purchasing my lumber in unfinished or rough condition. What I’m curious about is what is the safest and most efficient way to break down the lumber.
For example, for example, I have it use of lumber that is 7.5” x 2” by several feet. It is hard maple. Is it more efficient to cut to length and then divide it, or is it more efficient to re-saw and then cut to size? What I mean by cutting it to life and then dividing it would be this. First I would cut it to 36 inches long, then I would cut it to 3 1/4 inches wide, then I would run it through the table saw and re-saw it.
The other way that makes sense to me, is to cut it to length, 36 inches. Then to restart on a bandsaw or a table saw, and then to cut it to width after planing it. The advantage to me of the first method is that it will accommodate more work and twist of the wood with less waste.
I originally was planning to use my tablesaw for resawing. However, I am concerned that this might not be very safe. I had thought about purchasing a bandsaw, and the one that I want is a G0555 series from grizzly. I’m also considering a G0513 series from grizzly. Both saw seems like they would be capable, my worry is that the 513 is more expensive, and the 555 looks like it’s something that I might outgrow rather quickly.
So I wanted to find out how other woodworkers reseller lumber and what others have found to be the safest practices for resawing. While saving money is important, my fingers are priceless. I have always been very careful with power tools and as a result I’ve not had any serious accidents or injuries. I would like to keep it that way! It seems like a bandsaw is a very safe way to resaw with minimal waste. When I purchased my lumber for the current project I plan on taking 8/4 down to approximately 3/4. I plan that I would lose roughly a quarter of an inch between the saw process and the planing. Is that a reasonable amount to assume for loss?