I bought a nice big chunk of 12/4 korina, chopped a piece off of it and
attempted to resaw it for a solidbody guitar. Anyhow, I knew the stock blade
that came with my JET 18" BS was junk, but I didn't know just how bad it was
until I attempted to resaw this wood, which was about 7" thick. First of all
the blade began to wander immediately and it cut very slowly. But what's
worse, when I got through the cut, the blade bowed inside the wood and gave
me one concave and one convex piece of wood (a barrel cut)...I had thought I
might run into this so I fed the wood extra slow and put a little extra
tension on the blade. Nonetheless this blade performed horribly.
I tried cutting a 1/4" piece off of the remainder w/ my 1/4" Timberwolf
blade (which I usually only use for curve cuts) and it worked beautifully
(save a little wander)....no bow at all and a much faster cut. Anyway, I
learned an expensive lesson in resawing, DON'T USE SHITTY/DULL BLADES AND DO
A TEST PIECE FIRST!!!
I was happy with the way the timberwofl cut and will probably pick up a 1"
blade for resawing. Can anyone recommend a better one? Perhaps Lennox? How
about TPI, and skip vs/ hook? I'll mostly be resawing hardwoods about 7".
"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today (is) my own
Didn't he say he had a 1/4" TW blade? Did I read something in here? It's
been a long day.
Is it REALLY cheaper to buy direct when figuring shipping? The local
Woodsmith sells them for $22 - $29 bucks. I just bought a new BS and was
going to just go pick up a couple.
Sixty bucks for four blades seems like a great deal. What four blades did
you buy, and what would you suggest for someone who wants to be able to do
everything from fine work to resawing?
Ask the TW people when you call. Tell them what you will be sawing, what
sorts of things you want to do with your saw, then order what they suggest.
They will not steer you wrong.
What they told me: I am primarily a turner, so a 1/2" 3 tpi blade for
cutting bowl blanks from wet, green hardwoods (up to about 10" thick - like
butter, if you follow the TW advice on tensioning and lubrication) was high
on the list. This one can double for resawing, but that's not a high
priority for me. 1/4" 6 tpi and 3/8" tpi blades for general-purpose sawing.
I tend to use the 3/8" band more than the 1/4" blade, but that's me...
Michael Latcha - at home in Redford, MI
One thing you might try is the aftermarket spring at Iturra Design (no
connection, just a satisfied customer). Using the tensioning
guidelines for Timberwolf Blades I have been able to easily tension a
3/4" blade for resawing.
Iturra has no website, but here is their contact info:
4636 Fulton Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32225
e-mail- email@example.com (yes, 3 L's)
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