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Forum topic by Mike57 posted 08-13-2009 09:04 PM 10448 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2009 09:04 PM

I just got some old growth oak beams pulled out of a barn. There are several nails in the wood with nail heads missing. Are there any saw blades (band, circular, or other) that I can rip the board without fear of destroying the blade?

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 09:16 PM

how about trying a metal cutting (or fine tooth) blade on your band saw and working very slowly. the blade probably will have a tough time cutting through the wood but should handle the nails ok

also i there are several types of circular saw type blades that are made for demo that will cut through nails

heres some i found on the google

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 10:44 PM

Thanks for the lead on the sites. I checked out each and will probably go with the Blades LLC blade.

As a heads up, the phone numbers listed on the Sussex Saw & Tool site are disconnected.

Thanks again!

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 02:27 AM

We make this blade at our factory in Canton, OH. It’s made for cutting 1/4” steel plate. I don’t think it would mind a nail or two.

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 07:19 PM

mike, glad i could help

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#5 posted 08-25-2009 01:26 AM

Most of the time you just dig them out and then check with a metal detector and then saw.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 08-25-2009 02:05 AM

I agree with Jim. Why not Just dig them out? Chisel – carefully! – around what used to be the head and grab hold with a pair of vise grips and pull it out.

The way I see it is even if you cut slowly, just how many cants will you get before you break, or at best dull, the blade to the point you have to replace it in order to keep resawing? And then, you still have to punch or pull the now shorter pieces of nails out.

It all comes down to the old adage: “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”

Good luck, whichever route you take!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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