I found out this morning that my local Ace Hardware sells Olson band saw blades. Since I’ve heard extremely good things about Olson scroll saw blades, I figured it’d be worth my $10 to give it a shot. In the store, I saw they had a 1/8” and a 1/4”. The larger is a “6 hook” and the smaller is a “14 hook”. I bought both, “just in case”, and I installed the 1/8” blade.
OH! MY! !!! !! !! !!!!!!!!!!!
So THIS is what a band saw should do!!
I figured out how to get the guard working, which also had a VERY big difference! And as you can see in the picture, I have my little DIY fence working.
The wood-art photo of the day. Y’all seem to like them.
My hand is in this one for scale. The pieces are very straight, on whatever side I cut them. they weren’t all square to begin with, and in many cases I re-sawed several edges. Some are still a bit wobbly, but I determined in certain cases it would be easier to sand them flat. This was mostly due to my non-desire to re-adjust the fence constantly.
The purpleheart was a @#! to re-saw full size (turning blank, so around 5/8 I think) but once I got it thinner, it zoomed along like it was made just for purepleheart.
Lots of lumber! I started with less than 10 pieces of wood. The long thick pieces in the back are, “in-scale” 10/4 and very long. I also have several pieces with tiny little live edges. I think they’ll be very pretty! When I come up with a use for them.
Most of my scrap wood is not suitable for being used – the grain is going the wrong way to be very useful. But I’m getting what I can. I also have some lumber coming my way in the post which I am looking forward to.. I want to be ready for it!
With the setup I presently have, I can very comfortably make pieces that are 1/16” thick. I’ve been using a push-stick, which is working very well. I cut a little groove in the tip so that it kisses the end and then I gently press on the side of the piece that has already been cut. It feels very safe (as safe as a person can reasonably be next to a saw) and the pieces slide out all the way post-cut. so they are square. (on the cut side anyway) I did several pieces where I was just squaring them/removing the rough surface and I was cutting less than 1/64” off without any problems at all. I even made some redwood that is the 1:12 equivalent of a 1×2! :) Very tiny. (1/16×1/8) So any of the “big pieces” I have here, can be resawn later to whatever size I need.
I am so stoked you have no idea. Now I need to MAKE FURNITURE!! Or, you know, finish building the house. Ha ha ha ha.
My plan for this evening is to make the base for that table I started a few days ago. Not sure exactly what I’m doing to do, but I have enough wood to do it! :)
I am extremely happy with my purchase. I do indeed feel that I found the perfect saw for what I need to do. Working this small, I would be a little uncomfortable with a bigger saw. I’m going to eventually get one for the Real Shop, but this beat (her name is Ethel) , she is meant for my Tiny World.