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Sandra

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01-13-2014 12:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw drift woodslicer maple

I bought my Rikon 10-325 a year ago and I was fairly happy with it with one exception – I could NOT resaw without significant drift.

I read and read, and then bought a woodslicer blade. My resaw capabilities went from dismal to mediocre at best.
More reading, particularly Taunton’s Complete Illustrated guide to Bandsaws. Then my resaw ability completely tanked and I thought the saw wasn’t getting enough power. Turns out the pulley belt was off the pulley.

Problem fixed, back to dismal attempts.

Obsessively checked to make sure everything was square to everything else.

More research, watched Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass video umpteen times. Readjusted guides, etc etc.
Upped the tension, and upped it some more.

Read more about blade tracking, dollar bill method, adjusting the fence to account for drift and then why that was a no-no.

I almost reached the conclusion that my saw was just too wimpy for the job. And then while doing more reading, I read about the difference between drift and twist and the lightbulb went on. My blade tension was still not high enough and was twisting when it started the cut.

With a pile of birdseye maple waiting for me, I went out today determined to get it done. So I cranked up the tension on the blade as high as it would go and gave it a try.

Well shut the front door! It worked. I went from this:

To this:

There are still blade marks, but this was a huge piece to deal with. The smaller pieces I tried afterward were very smooth.

So now I’m not just pleased with my Rikon – I’m tickled. The only upgrade was the blade and now I know what the saw is capable of doing. I made enough sawdust today to make up for any previous frustration directed at my bandsaw.

It was a great day.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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patron

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 01:03 AM

a tickled cut

what fun !

your perseverance paid off
nothing more saddening than seeing the wood come out wobbly
just to run it thru the planer and loose it all there too

i still run both edges thru the table saw first
then the band saw

never had much luck re-sawing with the band saw alone

thanks for the tip
will check into it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 01:06 AM

Great to see you posting! That’s a 17 inch saw? How big is the motor? Just reviewed one of my Charles Neil videos about resawing. a 3/4 3 tooth skip tooth is what he suggests. You probably know that considering your starting to really resaw! LOL!

You know about a starting pin on a router? So you have one reference point. you can build a jig by using a triangular base and a vertical back. Then glue a dowel on the end the full length of the width you plan to cut.

Hope your health is improving. I was wondering why you weren’t posting or maybe I’m not getting them all the time?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 01:12 AM

Hi Doc,

It’s a 14” saw with 13” resaw capacity.
Health is okay – liver biopsy this week.
We had a minor kitchen flood in Sept and it prevented me from getting any shop time for months.
The Woodslicer blade has been great but my tension was the big issue. I’ve certainly learned the workings of my saw through all of the trying.

Hi David, the larger pieces wouldn’t have gone through my TS, so necessity fueled the perseverance.. I was timid about the tension but when I cranked it up as far as it would go, I was amazed.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 01:15 AM

Glad you are now seeing good resawing results!!!

Although you are tickled, there must still be room for improvement….
As you are not tickled pink!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 01:17 AM

Randy – perhaps I’m tickled mauve….. but yes, always room for improvement.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Sandra

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 01:17 AM

Or perriwinkle.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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theoldfart

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 01:22 AM

Good luck on the biopsy, aint resaw fun? :0) The blade makes all the difference. I have a PM 14” w/riser and the next blade will be a Woodslicer.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Sandra

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 01:26 AM

old fart – (love the name) thanks and the woodslicer has been fabulous.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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JL7

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 01:35 AM

Success….perseverance has paid off here…..figuring out the re-saw is a big deal. That;s some fine looking lumber.

Good luck with the biopsy – hope you get the right answers…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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CFrye

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#10 posted 01-13-2014 01:58 AM

Congratulations Sandra! Your perseverance and determination payed off. Love the lightbulb moments! Saying a prayer for your biopsy.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 02:38 AM

Sandra, I had no doubts that you would conquer this resawing problem! Granted my saw is bigger than yours but I have never tensioned a blade as tight as it will go. I tension mine to where moderate finger pressure deflects the blade no more than 3/16” with the guide raised as high as it will go.

I do use Timberwolf blades that they claim don’t need to be tensioned as much.

Good luck with the biopsy. We’re all praying for a good news answer!

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

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Mosquito

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 03:58 AM

Very nice! I’ll have a garage soon, and have been thinking I might go with a Rikon. Good to hear good things about it, and good to hear you’re now to a point where you’re happy with its performance.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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easiersaidthandone

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 04:42 AM

Good post Sandra! Does anyone know what are the guidelines for setting the tension on the band saw blade? Is there such as thing as too tight? I.e. how do you know when to stop before going the one last turn that breaks the blade in two?

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 01-13-2014 05:27 AM

You tube video: Sandra is referring to is excellent advice.

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 10:32 AM

easiersaid – here’s a good article about over tensioning :

http://www.woodturner.org/community/fundamentals/safety/AAWAUG11bandsawtension.pdf

I had asked myself that same question and apparently the answer is that the weakest link when over tensioning is not the blade, but the top wheel hinge casting.

The Rikon has a tension release handle so that when I’m not using the saw, there is no tension on the blade.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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