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Forum topic by HeirloomWoodworking posted 08-28-2009 05:25 PM 1096 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2009 05:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw shaping veneering

Hello fellow Lumberjocks,

I have been thinking of adding a bandsaw to my tool arsenal. Probably something in the 14” range. With all of my woodworking experience, I must humbly admit that I have no prior experience with this device.

Before I start looking into specific models and features available I would like to educate myself on the proper care, usage, set-up, adjustments, applications, etc of a bandsaw.

I have never been a guy that does anything halfway and I want to do everything right the first time. So my current goal is gather information starting at the basics and continuing through more advanced applications.

Can any of you reccomend a book, website, or other resource to help me get properly started on my quest?

Thanks for your input

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-28-2009 05:43 PM

check the woodwisperer ,
fellow lj’s .

sorry i can’t do the blue thing yet ,
but some one will be along to help .

it’s a great tool , enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 05:54 PM

Mark Dugniske ''The complete Bandsaw Book'' is a fantastic read. talks about everything you need to know in an informative and easy to follow manner, and has some really cool jigs in there too.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 06:46 PM

As David said, Marc’s video is very good. I recently purchased a bandsaw and I found it very helpful.

-- James -

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 06:51 PM

Michael Fortune also has a few very good articles on bandsaws, I have never read the book PurpLev recommended but have seen it before and think I will pick a copy up the next time I see one. My only regret with getting a bandsaw is that I never got one sooner.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 07:01 PM

You are starting right by researching.

The bandsaw is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. Its better then a jig saw…its great for ripping and resawing…it will cut tenons…and on and on. One of the most useful abilities of the bandsaw is resawing. Certain bandsaws are excellent at resawing…some are not.

There is a great post in here about tuning and setting up a bandsaw that would explain alot –

The book Purp suggests is also excellent.

With a bandsaw…and pretty much every important tool in your shop….get the best you can afford…as you can always find more uses for this tool…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 07:02 PM

Lumberjocks is so cool! This has been posted for less than 2 hours, and already I have been directed to a wealth of resources. Books, Videos, Classes and websites.

Thanks so much!

Keep up the good work

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 07:16 PM

The Bandsaw Book (Lonnie Bird) is also a great book to start with also. You can get it at Woodcraft and Rockler in store and online for about $20.

Take a good look at the Rikon Deluxe 14”. It is a solid machine with about 13” resaw capability (without a riser block). The saw has many of the features you have to add on to other models “standard” such as quick blade tension release, etc. Think normal price is about $850 but we caught a sale at Woodcraft a few months ago and bought ours for $749.

Good Luck!


-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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