AFAIK, there are 3 different ways to resaw logs.
One, just run it through manually, trying to keep the log from rolling in any
direction. It can be done, but it's a little nervewracking and can even
Two, run the flattest side of the log over the jointer for a few passes, just
enough to create a flat an inch or so wide. Then resaw it. Much easier.
Third is to use a cradle. Take a look at:
I've read this thread with interest and got a few chuckles out of it.
A few weeks ago I asked a similar question with the proviso that cost
was not a barrier, just was the good stuff worth it. Leon, among
others, essentially said if you can afford it, go for it (Laguna, that
The purchase conversations were a hoot! I hit the end of one sale and
overlapped the beginning of the next. The salesman and I were looking
at different info and prices - convoluted at best. That being said,
the LT 16 HD hit my garage about 3 weeks ago. A buddy helped hold
pieces while I put the thing together. Their video actually shows how
to do it, and it goes together the way the video says! Amazing! 1.5
hours from off the truck to sawdust flying.
As Leon will say, out of the box it just hums and cuts like billy be
damned. I hadn't used a bandsaw since high school shop class (remember
those?) and had never adjusted anyhting on one. Between the Laguna
video and the Band Saw Book (it's good) I had no issues.
So, if you're lazy, uneducated, impatient, rich or any combination of
the above, the Laguna is, IMHO, worth it. The dis-value of hassles is
yours to determine. My tolerance for such is low.
The advice was vetted by other input, but yeah, it is a bit scary.
I've already said I'm a lazy sot - let others do the research, double
check their findings with other sources, then take advantage of them.
Works for me in business and hobbies. That's why I shoot Colts or
Wilsons in pistols, Sauers or Sakos or Kimbers in rifles and Krieghofs
or Berrettas in shotguns. They're best of breed, never lose their
value, and just flat work. Sort of like a Disston #10.
On Tue, 5 Jun 2007 22:07:22 -0400, "Lee Michaels"
Laguna will send you a couple of DVDs about their saws if you just
request them. They are boring as heck, but show how and why the saws
are so good. Its like the Forest WW blades- and the Timberwolf blades-
and Norton sandpaper- some thing are just better, and you can have
them if you want them- and want to spend more money to have them. Donna
THEY ARE NOT! I have rewatched mine several times for the actor's talent
Actually this DVD pretty much covered every thing that I was disapointed in
with my previous band saw purchase. Fortunately, buying sight unseen and
with Woodcraft's generous return policy I was told to bring the saw back for
a refund if I was not happy with it. I did.
Actually, MiniMax has a demo DVD also although I think the Laguna is better
for educational value.
IIRC the Laguna Band Saw DVD also has a very very very good demo of their
Knapp combination machine. Boy o boy if only money and space were not a
I don't know how they compare but 3M had the Gold in the 80's. Having
worked for an automotive 3M distributor I got all of my PSA sanding disks
for free. I have yet to find a brand that has a decent adhesive other than
3M. I have never tried Norton or Mirka but having recently run out of my
vast supply of 3M I did try Klingspor and it was terrible to remove until it
sat up and got old. LOL I never could understand why most everyone
objected to PSA paper until I tried Klingspor.
Tom- I've never heard of the Mirka Gold. If I run across them I'll
give them a try. I've used Norton papers for 30 years or more and they
outperform anything else I've ever tried. Of course, I like their
pretty colors too- being female and all. . .lol. Donna
A search on Amazon.com for Mirka (sorry about the misspelling in my
earlier) will give you a bunch of results. I've used it with success.
It seems to load up less than Norton on some woods (Cherry, Ipe) and
the backing is, IMO, a bit stronger. In any case, even with shipping,
it's a bit cheaper than Norton at the Borgs.
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