|Forum topic by ErikB||posted 07-08-2009 04:56 PM||4768 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
07-08-2009 04:56 PM
I purchased my first-ever bandsaw last year and recently had the chance to use it for ripping. Here’s a little bit of background information to help answer my question…
The saw: Powermatic 14”
The blade: The one that came with the saw (probably a portion of my problem.
The wood: I recently replaced the two 4×4 posts that hold up the overhang above the front door of my house. The tops were rotten, but the rest of the wood is nice solid pine (I presume Douglas fir).
The project: Since the wood is still very usable, I’m going to build a side table to accompany the Adirondack chair I built for my mother in law a couple of years back. I presume she’ll paint it white to match the chair and ottoman.
The problem: I’ve cut all pieces to rough length and now I’m ripping them to rough thickness. (I’ll use my joiner and planer to get them to the proper thickness.) So here’s my problem… Some cuts go well with no problems. During other cuts, however, the board wants to away from the fence and it’s a battle to keep the board at the desired thickness of cut that I want.
I’m using a magnetic featherboard (a single, not the more desirable double-stacked variety) to help keep the board pressed against the fence. Could that be my problem? Should I not use the featherboard? Is it positioned in the wrong place (it’s before the blade).
So, are there any laws of bandsaw ripping that I should adhere to? Is there a good demonstration video out there somewhere?
Thanks in advance,