I just bought the 17" Grizzly bandsaw two weeks ago (10/18). I make basket
parts for a bunch of people who make hand woven baskets. I was asked to bend
them some handles out of Red Oak. The blanks are 3/16th. thick, 1 1/8 wide,
by 48" long. So I told my SWMBO that I had to have a bandsaw to cut the
strips with. I had gotten two pickup truck loads of rough sawn 2x8 red oak
given to me by my wifes uncle. So I figured with the bandsaw I would be able
to resaw a bunch of blanks for next to nothing. Grizzly is only about an
hour and a half from my house, so me and a wood working friend drove up to
get my bandsaw. Last week, I stuck a Grizzly 1" wide 2tpi blade on the saw
and began cutting 1/4 thick strips by 2" wide. While cutting the first strip
I noticed that the blade wasn't cutting parallel to the fence. So I stopped
what I was doing and found that the top and bottom blade guides weren't
adjusted the same. So I fiddled with it for a while. (no I don't play a
fiddle, but I wish I could). Once I got it adjusted, I tried it again and it
cut straight and true. I cut up one 8" worth of strips, then fired up my
homemade steamer. The point to this story was, I used a $14.95 el cheapo
Grizzly blade and it cut O.K. I would look more into your saw alignment than
at a blade problem. If you are interested in more of my basket handle
making saga, feel free to read on.
I already had made up three forms to bend the wood around, so like I said I
fired up my homemade steamer. Waited for it to come up to temperature, and
threw some blanks in. After 15min. I took them out one at a time, and put
them on the form. Then I stuck three more in the steamer, 15 min. later, I
took the bent ones out of the form, taped the legs so they would hold there
shape while they dried fully and stuck three more in the steamer. Till I was
all done, I had 30 handles bent.The next day, 24 of them had cracking around
the bend area.
So I figured I would cut some more blanks, with the grain running the
opposite direction. Did 15 more, the next day still lost 12 due to cracking.
About a month ago we had a really bad storm and I lost a few large oak
trees on my property. So this past Saturday, I took the chain saw down and
cut some 48" long pieces out of the straightest part of the trunk. I split
it down the middle with a sledge and a few wedges. Then I got another of my
rough cut 2x8 cut it to 5' long and trued up two sides, then I laid the
split log on top of the 2x8, and screwed it fast with 3" long screws. I
shimed it where I had to, and once it was fastened securely I ran it through
the band saw again. This gave me one flat side, then putting that side down
on the table, I cut the other side perpendicular to it. Then with one square
corner, I cut a bunch of 1/4 thick strips. Oh the reason I cut them to 1/4"
is that I run them through the surface planer to smooth both sides.
Half of these strips I tied in a bundle, hooked a brick to them, and
tossed them into the creek. Then next day, I started up the steamer, steamed
and bent all the ones that weren't in the creek. Then I retrieved the other
ones from the creek and steamed and bent them also. Then next day three of
the handles that weren't soaked in the creek were cracked. All the ones that
were in the creek survived. So looks like all my steaming wood will be
taking a swim before steaming.
All the wood I resawed so far was all cut with the same 1" Grizzly
blade. I was planning on getting some good blades for it, but I think it
will be hard to justify the added expense when this one blade has cut all
this dried and wet red oak.
I know you all think that I talk to much, but if you were sitting in my
shop I would be able to elaborate even further on the basket making saga.
Also, if any of you are from the Harrisburg, Pa. area or withing a few
hours either way and have a good cheap source for 3/4 pine boards I would
really be interested. I just got an order for 200 pcs. of 3/4 pine 8x11
rectangle, with a bunch of cutouts. I really need to find a source for wood
other than the borg or lowes. I have some rough cut pine, but once I get it
cut down to 3/4 thick, the next day it is severely cupped. This stuff has
been laying under a tarp for 12 years, but it evidently is still very damp