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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 03-01-2014 04:41 AM 1114 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2014 04:41 AM

I’m setting up my new Rikon 10-345 18” bandsaw as a dedicated resaw tool. I’ve got the Kreg bandsaw fence. I’m thinking I want to make a jig with rollers for the right side of the blade to hold the stock between the fence and the jig. My thinking is that if the fence and jig are tall enough and I hold the material between them there is nowhere for the stock to drift off the line and I can then cut shop veneers thinly with limited waste. I’ve looked around the internet and my library without finding anyone who has done this. Why not? What am I missing?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 04:44 AM

I’ve seen a power feeder just for bandsaws to do exactly what you’ve described. Setup is key here, if the blade wants to drift and can’t it will bind and either break or stop the saw.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 04:48 AM

It isn’t the stock that drifts it is the blade that drifts in the stock. Most blades have more set on one side or the other and this pulls the blade off as it goes thru the wood. You have to find what angle the wood needs to be held at in relation to the blade then angle your fence to that angle. Once you have established that angle your jig would probably work. It would probably be unnecessary.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 04:58 AM

My understanding is if you force stock through a bandsaw blade and pin the stock to the fence, especially 18” approx. the bandsaw blade will drift back and forth a tiny bit.

the very least is a bunch of chip out. or kickback if the blade bends enough.

I only have a 12” so no real experience with a real band saw.

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 01:57 PM

I’ve used a power feeder to cut veneers on the band saw. Works like a dream, just have to resaw a little thick and run it through a thickness sander before using it. A power feeder seems to keep it more consistant than doing it by hand.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 05:24 AM

I haven’t done the full set up yet of the saw. So what I’m hearing is if the saw is set up properly I won’t need right to left force.
Power feeder sounds like the ultimate but I don’t resaw enough (I think) to justify the $$ Cost
Another question then:
Do you perfectly mill your lumber before you resaw?

-- Ken

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