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A board with one square edge and side is necessary. Problem is most woodworkers dont have a clue how to do this. Successful resawing calls for nothing more complicated than appropriate blade selection adequate tension setting the fence and proper stock control. Blade Selection: As you saw through very thick stock you put a lot of pressure on every part of the blade engaged in the cut. Each saw tooth shaves out waste. Blades with 3 teeth per inch (tpi) have large gullets which have room for a lot of waste. Thrust bearings support the blade above and below. During the actual cut only the blades stiffness or "beam strength" will keep the cut proceeding straight and free of wander. Its my experience that a quality 1/2" 3-tooth blade gives good results. I tried wider blades with no increase in efficiency.
The fine dust that this type of saw discharges adds to this issue. A bandsaw that has a cleaning brush will stay cleaner with less effort on your part. Placing a bandsaw brush onto your saws lower wheel tire is an easy way to prolong the tires life. Without the brush the saw dust metal shavings or debris will build up on the saws tire. Eventually this can result in wear as a result of compression and can significantly shorten the life of the tire. Another worthwhile feature is a built-in dust collection port allowing it to be connected to your shop vacuum. Additional Functionality Finally having a miter gauge as well as a rip fence will greatly increase a bandsaw s functionality. These two features are especially effective for ripping cross cutting and resawing.
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Every good bandsaw blade can cut straight lines. Each blade will do so in its own way. In other words each blade has its own "lead angle". How can we determine this lead angle? Some experts suggest using a Resaw Guide. This is like a single point which allows you to change the angle of your feed into the blade. It takes practice to use this method. Moreover this technique requires constant attention. If you have to figure out the right feed direction why not just do it once? Then set your bandsaw fence accordingly and cut straight lines. It is just that easy. Ensure that the blade and fence are both 90-degrees to your table. Take a straight piece of wood about two to three feet long. Mark a line down the center. Cut freehand along the line trying to keep the cut on the centerline. Feed at a normal pace.
Invest the time to do your research and make a wise decision. A bandsaw is more versatile than it appears at first glance. The bandsaw is one of those specialty power tools that does a job that no other tool can do as well. In the case of the bandsaw that job happens to be cutting detailed and accurate curves in wood or metal. The fact of the matter is a good bandsaw has more uses than simply cutting curves. In a home shop it can be used for: resawing thin strips from larger pieces of wood ripping small pieces of stock even cutting tenons and some rabbets However once you start looking at the options you realize that there are a variety of styles and sizes available. So... how to choose the best model for your needs? Bandsaw Type These saws fall into two main categories: floor stand models (also called cabinet models) and bench top models. The floor stand models generally larger in size are what you would probably find in professional shops.