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Forum topic by NeoDon posted 01-28-2009 03:56 AM 1464 views 1 time favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2009 03:56 AM

Hello All,

As my first post I would like to say hello to everyone and thanks for the welcome.
I’m sure I will Love it here. Well, I’ll begin by saying I’m a beginner and am seeking advise
regarding veneer application (tools and adhesive and recommended finnish for a bathroom) -
(humidity) without using a vacuum technique. I have a nice peice of amboyna burl that I want to resaw and use on my new vanity im making
for us ( my wife and son).

I also would like to ask about the Grizzly GO555 vs. the Grizzly GO555x Bandsaws 14”
and is it worth spending the extra cash to get the (GO555x)1/2 HP more. the peice of
burl is only 4 inches in width but i will buy a Timberwold or Woodslicer blade if you folks recommed that?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-28-2009 04:21 AM

First, Welcome to LumberJocks!!!

I have a Rikon 10-325 and love it. I was searching for a bandsaw about a year ago when I came across Dick Cain's review. So, after reading that and Dick’s review, I was sold. I’m sure you’ll get some more information from the Jocks on this forum about Grizzly… it always seems to be half and half, some like it, some don’t. I don’t own any Grizzly products, so I have to be free from opinion….

Anyway, I have Timberwolf blades for my Rikon, and they cut fantastic. I’m very satisfied with the saw and the blades. You can see reviews of all kinds of blades here too, in the review section.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 01-28-2009 04:22 AM

Sorry I only have $600 to spend, I might be able to sneak another 100 in by the wife but that will have to do.


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#3 posted 01-28-2009 04:23 AM

First off, one of our lumber jocks has a website that will tell you just about anything you want to know about veneering.
I do my veneering with titebond II and an iron. Works good for what I do. Look up veneering in the search and you should find a few post about the method.

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#4 posted 01-28-2009 04:24 AM

Thanks very mush for Veneer help.

Thank you ….

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#5 posted 01-28-2009 04:50 AM

I hope the best for you whatever you decide… let us know.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 01-28-2009 04:50 AM

At this level you are going to get a quality saw irrespective of the brand. Usually the difference in prices that you see are related to way the saw is accessorized. I would recommend that you consider a riser block with the saw. It will expand your resawing capacity and really does not add that much to the cost of the saw.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the blade that comes with the saw is not a “quality” blade. I never bother to install mine and simply bought replacement Woodslicer and Timberwolf blades. Both have received excellent reviews.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-28-2009 04:52 AM

How thick should I cut the wood, as this is my first resaw attempt?

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#8 posted 01-28-2009 05:41 AM

It’s tough to cut wood and get your own veneers. I’ve cut some at 1/16 of an inch but it real easy to have the saw blade to askew and end up ruining a couple of pieces of veneer. I usually cut about 1/8” and then thickness sand to get them flat. If I cut to 1/4 I then run them through the planer. I probably wouldn’t do that with a burl.

it might be better to purchase your veneer for your bathroom. Ebay is a great place. I’ve bought almost all of my veneer from ebay except for the veneers that I bought 25 years ago.

I use a vacuum press and veneer glue that I buy from

Make sure you practice a lot before you tackle your burl.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 01-28-2009 05:52 AM

I’m with SteveKorz on the Rikon bandsaw, I have one and love it. It can almost cut a shaving as fine as a bench plane!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 01-28-2009 06:19 AM

I have a Grizzly bandsaw…check out my shop…it’s a 17 inch extreme…yeah more money than I wanted to spend…but I like it very much. It has good power…and I always say buy the most you can afford…you won’t be disappointed…so if you want more power…and expect some thicker pieces…like cutting veneer…go for it.
Remember you’re also going to want a selection of blades…wider blades for veneer and narrower blades for more design elements…having an extra one or two around is also helpful in case you pop one….which hasn’t happened to me. I like Grizzly products…no complaints…and I like their service. My bandsaw was slightly damaged coming in probably from shipping…and Grizzly replaced the damaged parts without question…while I had to wait a week or more for replacement parts…they’re service was first rate.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#11 posted 01-28-2009 06:21 AM

RIKON Model # 10-320 Bandsaw w/ Stand , I love the look the size and the price, But the sheer size of it warrants abuse from my wife “That thing is too big, It probably uses to much electricity,It’s taking up all of the room in the garage!!!” :-( She already has most of my closet space and every other space in our home. But I’m
thinkin this might be worth it? I’m already in my own private lil Hell, but I love my wife, lol , Rikon it may very well be…. That’s a BIG Sucker…

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#12 posted 01-28-2009 06:31 AM

The only limiting factor about the RIKON Model # 10-320 Bandsaw w/ Stand
is it’s non adjustable height limmit of 6” but I can tell it’s a real nice saw, don’t think I can swing the Deluxe
version. Wish I could. Oh Well wish I hit the Lotto. :-) .... Dream….. Yes this part of my multy teer garrage
is my wood workshop where I have many many tools, why some of the I don’t even know what they do yet.
But they look like they do do it well. Well lets take the elevator or the spiral staircase down to the automabile
collection and I’ll show you both my 2010 Mercedes-Benz Gull wing and my new 2010 Mercedes-Benz Gull wing .

Sorry I’m awake now, Rats back to reality.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 01-28-2009 07:16 AM

Hi NeoDon;

welcome to lumberjocks.

I agree with Karson.

Ebay is a good source of inexpensive veneer, and from what you described as your experience, I would not attempt using the burl.

It would be better to start out with something a little more user friendly.

The link to the veneer index on my site:

I hope it helps out.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 01-29-2009 04:35 PM

also, be sure to check out July ‘07 issue of the LJ eMag for veneering tips.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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