|Forum topic by MarktheWoodButcher||posted 07-13-2009 10:08 PM||1461 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
07-13-2009 10:08 PM
I can’t go into it right now cause I’m so #%$@&!^ disgusted with my self. But when it takes 50 minutes to make one one sort of 2” x 11 1/2” x 48”cut out of a log on a band saw it’s time to pour a scotch and walk away from the power tools. I wouldn’t trust myself to cut a straight line with kindergarten scissors right now. When I say sort of 2” x 11 1/2” x 48” I mean it starts out 9/4 and ends up 7/4 thick.
The wheels are lined up. The 1/2” Timberwolf 3 tpi AS is centered. I tightened the band till the oscillation stopped. Set the cool blocks and rear roller bearings. I lined up the Kreg re-saw fence using the slice a line half way down an 18” board parallel to the edge. And when ripping the rest of the board using the fence it was way less than a hundredth off. Now I know a 1/2 (that’s one half) HP 14” Rockwell isn’t designed for cutting logs. But the guy at Suffolk Machine said I shouldn’t expect to go any faster than a foot a minute. H%$* I wasn’t cutting an inch a minute. And the saw cut out on me four times because it over-heated. There was some serious kerf pinch on the blade.
The only two things I can think of right now. One is the fence is drifting out of alignment? Maybe it just cant handle the stress from a 90 lb. black walnut log? Number two is operator error. Maybe I can’t handle the stress from a 90 lb. black walnut log.
What did I forget? What am I doing wrong?
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