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Kirk_T

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119 days ago

Hi – I’ve been trying to make sense of all the blade options to get started with a new bandsaw, my Rikon 18” (10-345) was delivered today! I’m planning to cut logs, re-saw, cut out spoons and stool seats to start.

Was thinking of starting with the following? Is this a good place to start or would you recommend otherwise?

Logs and resaw work:

KERFMaster (http://www.spectrumsupply.com/kerfmaster-2.aspx) 3/4” x .022” x 3-4T

General cutting (spoons & stool seats):

Diamond (http://buyfromawoodworker.com/Diamond-Bandsaw-Blades_c10.htm) 3/8”x.032”x3TPI X-tra Duty

Do I also need a 1/4” blade as well?

Thanks,
-Kirk

-- -Kirk


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 119 days ago

I would recommend you get either Lonnie Bird’s or Mark Dujinski’s bandsaw book. Either will provide a lot of information re: which blades to use for each particular cut application.

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

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bonesbr549

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#2 posted 119 days ago

you have an 18” bandsaw you have a lot of options. My first blades were timberwolf blades. They have a speical internet speical (if they still offer it) 4 for the price of 3. Also, nice was to call them and they will ask you questions and reccomend a blade. I got the 3tpi for resaw, a blade for green wood, and a 1/4” blade for tight cutting and something else, but I cant’ remember. I’ve sense, moved my big saw over to the laguna resaw king. Best blade ever used. Not cheap but you get what pay for. I’ve got 3 bandsaws now. I use a 14” with a small blade for the small stuff. Thats my opinion but that and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee. Have a good one.

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Jim Finn

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#3 posted 118 days ago

I use my saw for re-sawing 99% of the time and found 5/8” 3 TPI carbide blades from Grizzly work great for this. Woodslicer blades are very sharp but dull quickly.

-- In God We Trust

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pmayer

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#4 posted 118 days ago

My favorite blade for resawing is the Laguna Resaw King. For all other cutting, I like Timberwolf blades (and they are great for resawing as well, but you just can’t beat the RK). They are one of the least expensive luxuries in woodworking.

As to your question of whether you need a 1/4” blade, it depends how much work you will be doing with tighter radius curves. I love using a 1/4” blade when the job calls for it. I also have an 1/8” blade that I pull out from time to time. I’d say if you have a 1/4” blade on hand you will probably use it occasionally.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Kirk_T

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#5 posted 118 days ago

Thanks for the feedback everyone, I’ve also gone ahead and ordered Lonnie Bird’s bandsaw book!

-- -Kirk

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toolie

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#6 posted 117 days ago

hook up with lou iturra at iturra design. he’s probably forgotten more than bird and duginske will ever know about band saws and BS related products. and his catalog is like a BS primmer. great guy to deal with and his blade welds are as accurate as they come.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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