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12-30-2013 05:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman 12432607 boxes band saw

Hi, Long time lurker finally posting. I have a 14” Chraftsman band saw (#124.32607) After seeing a band saw demonstration by Scott Phillips and watching several videos on the subject of making boxes I have the itch to try my hand at it.
Has anyone here ever done that with this saw? The problem I see is that, according to the book that came with the saw the smallest blade they recommend is a 1/4”. I would like to us a 3/16” to get tighter curve cuts but don;t know if it’s possible with this saw.
Any help or tips greatly appreciated.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 12-31-2013 02:03 AM

Should be fine with 3/16 or even 1/8” blades IF you can adjust your guides to support the blade without contacting the teeth. (or buy a Carter Stabilizer, I love mine).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-31-2013 02:51 AM

Charlie75 do you have any problom with drift at frist when you cut in to the wood.

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 11:20 AM

Not really. These is very little drift.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 11:24 AM

“Should be fine with 3/16 or even 1/8” blades IF you can adjust your guides to support the blade without contacting the teeth. (or buy a Carter Stabilizer, I love mine).”

What kind of saw do you have, gfadvm?
I sent an email to Carter yesterday to see if they have a stabilizer for my Chraftsman saw. From my searches I see that they are a bit pricey. But I may bit the bullet anyway.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#5 posted 12-31-2013 12:00 PM

I typically do a lot of my box work on a Porter-Cable you buy at Lowes. I often use a 3/16 or 1/8” blade, and just carefully adjust the guide wheels. I don’t have the Carter add-on, but do have guide bearings on top. I see no reason why you cannot do it.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 06:15 PM

I take it then that the PC band saw has roller bearings and not cool blocks. Next time i’m in Lowes I will take a look at that saw to see if there is much difference between it and mine. Next time I’m in Wood Craft I will see if they have a 3/16 for my saw. Thanks for your reply.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#7 posted 01-01-2014 01:25 AM

I have a 17” Grizzly Extreme Series and a 14” old Ridgid that was given to me (I posted the restoration). I made my own adapter so I can use the Stabilizer on either one. They are a little pricy and it looks to me like they would be simple to make with a grooved bearing, some metal, and a mig welder.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-01-2014 03:15 AM

Do you have any pictures of your adapter? I had wondered if there were a way to groove a bearing. How did you make your adapter?

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#9 posted 01-01-2014 03:56 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/gfadvm/blog/35910 machinist would be the one to ask about grooving a bearing (or maybe buy one with a groove already milled into it)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-01-2014 07:07 PM

Before going to that trouble I would contact Carter and inquire about their stabilizer.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#11 posted 01-01-2014 07:50 PM

I did a few band saw boxes a few years back. They turned out nice, but I gave it up when my second blade dulled after 4 or 5 boxes (or was it like 2 or 3?). First one did not last any longer. I used Timberwolfs.

The short blade life (3/16 with a lot of teeth) added to the fact that you can use almost a whole board to make one box, caused me to give it up.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#12 posted 01-01-2014 11:27 PM

I’m not following you around the boards Charlie. Really I’m not LOL. I’ve used a 3/16” blade on my Craftsman saw without any problem. Never made a band saw box but maybe I will one day.

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#13 posted 01-02-2014 04:32 PM

Rob, You can follow me all you wish. I value your input. As soon as I can get my hands on a 3/16” I am going to give it a try. what tpi do you have in the 3/16?

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#14 posted 01-02-2014 05:07 PM

Charlie, I have both the 4 and 10 tpi in the 3/16” blade. I use both equally depending on the project.

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#15 posted 01-02-2014 08:20 PM

Thanks Rob. I am going to order a 3/16” this afternoon. I am still thinking about the 10 tpi.

These comments have been flying through so fast that I have forgotten. What saw are you using? If it’s like mine are you using cool blocks or stock bearings?

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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