Mikros Kosmos #6: In which I resaw every piece of scrap I have...

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-11-2010 01:55 AM 1738 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Let the sawing begin Part 6 of Mikros Kosmos series Part 7: Stairs! Walls! Doors! »

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.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 02:01 AM

Beautiful job, Lis! I think you did an outstanding job using what you have for the job. I have learned to be innovative too when necessary. Seeing how you made it work is very inspirational. I am so happy you had such a successful day! :) Keep ‘a goin’ girl!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 02:05 AM

good news !
olson is good .

but just to be picky ,
are you

tall ?
(the scale you know , LOL) .

-- 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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#3 posted 07-11-2010 02:09 AM

It’s all in the blade when it comes to a band saw….makes a huge difference no matter how much the saw cost!

You really getting my modeling jones going…the thought of being able to mill my own timber frame lumber, and build a timber frame model house….


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#4 posted 07-11-2010 02:35 AM

My Oh My
I think we have us a new Lumber yard in SW Michigan
and it seems they have some pretty deesent construction wood
and the service is exelent I hear


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#5 posted 07-11-2010 04:18 AM

Ace Hardware !!
I never would have thought to look there, great find !!
The more teeth per inch the finer your cuts will be.
Less teeth would be for rough cutting/resawing, and will give you the Ruffles have ridges effect…LOL
Your on your way now : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 04:22 AM

“See , its all about having fun.” If I were your neighbor I would be keeping an eye on any wooden things I have laying around. They might be half the size they used to be. She has a bandsaw and is looking for wood to cut ! lol
Good to hear “Ethel” is working out for you.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 05:20 AM

LOL David – I am 5’10” :D

Other David – my original idea was to build a 1:12 house using as many traditional methods as possible. Now that I can easy rip little lumber, I will be able to actually do it. That is what I will be doing, after I finish the current house. I’m kind of fanatical about being “true” and that really appeals to me.

Lisa – I would not have thought to check there either, I admit. Google came to my rescue, when I did a search for that size blade. Even the guy who worked the service counter at Ace was surprised they carried them, haha, but turns out they’re a very common item there. Now I know. Woodcraft didn’t have any that short. (59 1/2”)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 09:45 AM

Looks like you got a good blade. Cant wait to see the build that you are doing..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 07-11-2010 11:36 AM

Congrats with your success Lisa. I’m glad to see that you are now enjoying your new bandsaw. yooking at the dimensions you are sawing makes me think of pen turning blanks. You can buy them in small packages already cut into those approx. sizes. The advantage is that they are very inexpensive you can get them with burls and other exotic species. Great for those special touches in your doll houses, like paneling, fireplace surrounds, doors, cabinets, etc. But don’t forget the dust can be a bit toxic on some of that stuff, so protection is important when cutting and sanding.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 12:29 PM

Lis, this is brilliant. By the time you’re finished my Little Bess box will look like a steamer trunk. Very interested to see what you get up to making furniture.

The pen blanks idea seems good for exotic woods, I’m sure you’ll make something a lot more interesting than just another pen with them.

I used to be ambivalent about my bandsaw but like you, since I learned to use it properly its an indispenable tool.

I have an air compressor, I call him Edward, Edward the Compressor (pun on one of the old kings of England who was called Edward the Confessor)

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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