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Forum topic by Sharpie posted 06-21-2009 12:29 AM 1338 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2009 12:29 AM

First post so let me introduce myself. I’m getting into woodworking a bit late in life but am rapidly getting addicted to it. I’ve been a boater most of life and when I got the urge to start building boats, I sort of needed to learn about woodworking, as I would like to build wood boats! Here’s the current project.

My first newbie question is about resawing. I’m trying to resaw 4” wide 1” thick black locust and while I’ve figured out the drift the saw just boggs down and gets reaaalll slow. Too slow to have me use it for the amount of wood I need to do. It is a Delta 14” bandsaw, 1 HP that I bought used. I upgraded it with Carter guide blocks and ratchet rod and a Timberwolf 1/2” resaw blade. Since it is a pretty new blade I’m thinking that it’s either a HP or traction issue??? The saw came with a spare 1.5HP motor, but the electrics don’t match up so I’ll have to figure out how to wire and mount it. Not sure why there would be two motors for one bandsaw, considering that they don’t look readily swapable.

Not sure if resawing with the bandsaw is even necessary. What about just doing it on the tablesaw?


-- Steve B

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 12:34 AM

The tablesaw would have a lot of waste. I’d think that the bandsaw would be the best thing to use. Locust wood is hard. Are you using a resaw type blade. 3 TPI or so. The timberwolf is a good blade, you might try to put in the larger motor. and try to use 220 Volt if it’s available.

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 12:41 AM

Hey Steve Welcome
It helps to have the widest blade possible and the type of blade makes a differance, but it’s not impossible with a 1/2” blade. If you saw is old like my first one it might not be up to the job. It’s also possible your kerf is closing behind you cut pinching the blade, if you find that to be the case you can put some small wedges in the kerf as you saw, kind of a pain but do able.
Since you have a new blade and have worked out the drift that leaves the saw .So if its not the kerf problem you might change your motor out and see what happens. That’s one cool boat.

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 12:50 AM

I have recently tried a new(to me) blade that I like better than the Timberwolf. It’s called the Woodslicer. It has a real narrow kerf. A bit higher($29.99), but worth IMHO. I got mine from Highland Woodworking. Here’s the URL:

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 12:59 AM

Gary Fitier has some blogs on how he made his resaw jig you should get ahold of him . I’m going to make a jig like he made .
I agree with bamasawduster I’ve used Highland”s Woodslicer blades for about 4 yrs and love them!

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 01:44 AM

Welcome to LJ’s!

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 01:52 AM

It’s your motor. I recently upgraded to a 1 1/2 hp motor in my 14” bandsaw and it made a wolrd of difference, and I don’t use any fancy resaw blades. I use 1/2” and 3/4” 3tpi olson allpro blades. I can resaw 10” oak without much fuss from the bandsaw now, where I used to have to go ridiculously slow with the stock 1 hp motor.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 02:07 AM

Thanks, I sort of figured it would be the motor. Just wanted to build the boat not rewire tools, but if that’s what I have to do I’ll put that on my list.

-- Steve B

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 02:54 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. Sounds like the guys above got you what I think is the right advice. Hope it all works out. Most important, have fun.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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