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In fact many a woodturner will use firewood and logs designated for land fill instead of buying lumber that has been cut to size and often kiln dried. However there is still a fair amount of labor that is needed to get the wood to the lathe. Chain saws start the process and a good band saw can do quick work of getting the wood ready for the lathe. A turner will bring four basic forms of wood to the lathe log sections bowl blanks squares and sections of boards. The latter is used for specialty items and the first three are far more common. While a chain saw is the ideal tool for bucking saw sections to length a bandsaw can easily be used if a v block or clamp is used to prevent the wood from rotating while a cut is being made. The bandsaw for this and any cut in green wood should be set up with a three eighths inch three tooth blade. A hook tooth style blade will cut aggressively in green wood and still be able to clear its gullets of wood chips and sawdust for safe clean cutting. Ensure that the wood cannot roll and that the blade is at proper tension. It should be a new or freshly sharpened band. Consider the preparation of a bowl blank. The chain saw is used to cut a log section the same length as the diameter of the log and then to cut the section through the center of the log. This ensures a flat surface to lie on the bandsaw table.
I realized that a good quality blade of half inch 3-teeth offers good results though I did try wider blades without any increased efficiency. Tension: sufficient blade tension ensures that your blade doesnt move erratically under pressure. As a typical tension gauge doesnt give really accurate results its better to have slightly additional tension than it indicates. You can verify that by opening the lateral guides and thrust bearings. Back off the two below and above the table thus disabling them to remain in contact with the blade. Next crank the tension gauge for getting the needed setting. Push the blade sideways by nearly midway between the lower and upper wheels. Now the blade would easily turn aside for a little length. The movement to sideways should be quarter inch.
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With a number of bandsaw models now available in the market it is quite difficult to find the right bandsaw to meet your requirements you often find bandsaws that look alike but vary greatly in price. Some bandsaws may be made in the same factory but have different features. Base models may be the same but some of the upgrades may be different. Getting to the depth of the matter Woodworkers must remember that while choosing a bandsaw it is important not to look only at outward appearances but compare the details. Ask the dealer questions and make an informed decision based on the quality features and reliability of the machine. Also make sure you attach a value to every feature you want to consider and the tasks that you need to perform whether immediate or in the long run.