How is the best way to clean a bandsaw blade of resin and fine saw dust? I
did some resaw work on some fresh green pecan biscuits and cut them into
turning blanks. Its a "1 3 tooth blade 143 inches around.
Don't let it get dirty. This stuff may be running through two sets of
roller guides, which'll squish it down hard into a layer of glue. Hard
stuff to shift once it's on and set.
Best thing is a wheel scrubbing brush on the lower wheel to keep the
tyre clean (heat-bent toothbrush) and wiping the band clean while the
gunk is still fresh. Any workshop solvent should help. I use the
ubiquitous acetone and yet another toothbrush / paper towel. Don;t
run the saw afterwards until it evaporates - acetone is the sort of
stuff that _can_ cause a DC fire, if you suck the fumes in.
Don't use "Muc-Off" (a popular mountain bike cleaner). This stuff is
full of potassium hydroxide and it corrodes aluminium like crazy !
Anyone want one slightly charred looking bandsaw ? (not mine)
Here we go again... Seems this question gets posted about once a month. (David
Eisan, maybe this should be in the FAQ?)
Washing soda. About 1/4 cup of it, dissolved in enough warm water to cover a
dishpan to a depth of an inch or so. Coil the bandsaw blade, and drop it into
the dishpan. A goodly portion of the crud will come off before the blade even
hits the bottom of the pan. Let it soak there for five or ten minutes, then
wipe it clean. It's cheap, it's easy, it's reasonably benign environmentally.
Washing soda is available in many grocery stores, on the same aisle as the
laundry detergent. Smaller hardware stores often have it, too, with cleaning
supplies. Don't bother looking at Home Depot, Lowe's, or WalMart, you won't
find it. If anyone is having trouble obtaining washing soda, email me at the
address in my sig, and we can make arrangements.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
I looked up the name listed here and found an "old woodworking
machine" FAQ and the FAQ returned in faqs.org
(http://www.faqs.org/faqs/woodworking/faq/faq /) is only 4 years old.
I'm interested in putting together a FAQ collection, but don't want to
be reinventing what I would think should already be out there.
I'm thinking something along the lines of
So, the question is; is there a good comprehensive FAQ out there;
and/or does anyone see this as a useless project?
(BTW, I write FAQs for a living, I make sawdust for fun.)
On Mon, 16 Feb 2004 02:38:10 GMT, email@example.com (Doug Miller)
Let me clarify a bit...
My question isn't if anyone thinks I can write one. I'm asking if
there is already a collection of FAQs in place better than the links I
could find. If not, I will be starting one.
While not "anyone" can write a set of FAQs, there does need to be
someone to start. Someone else with better skills can always take over
later and improve it. Besides, one person doesn't normally write a set
of FAQs anyway, it's more of an editor's job than original writing.
Tool receipts in a FAQ???? Why?
'Twas but a simpleton's attempt to satirize a Good Samaritan.
Perhaps the best approach is just to "Plonk me, Jim."
But grant me one reprieve, because I am so curious.
1. How does one make a living out of FAQ writing? [ Do I need a degree in
2. Whazzit pay?
3. Any chance of it getting outsourced to Bangalore?
4. Is there a chance of scoring some free tools out'a the gig?
1. Look at all the companies out there that have FAQs on their sites.
(Microsoft for example) -- they don't grow by planting alphabet soup
in the garden ;-)
Actually I got a Masters in communications after retiring from the
USAF a few years ago.
2. When/if you can find the job, it pays pretty good.
4. I work for a telcom company - no tools :-(
Can't have a reprieve till after you've had a prieve. Best I can do is
this pet prieve of mine. <snicker>
Nope. You do need an appropriate collection of FAQ-toids, from which you
manu-FAQ-ture the final result.
Less than a FAQtotem can carry.
Nah, that was tried once, a _long_ time ago. The project blew up in their
face. (Don't remember if it was an explosion in the dust-collector piping,
or the PVC for the air line, both of which were locally procured.) Anyway,
this was the _original_ "Bangalore Torpedo".
Yup! A complete set of the tooling for making air guitars.
Make that 'going on _five_ years since the last revision. *sigh*
I collect stuff, as I find it, at <http://www.r-bonomi.com/rec.woodworking/
The 'official' rec.woodworking FAQ is *seriously* dated -- many of the
links are dead, and the supposed 'maintainer' isn't responding to queries.
(I've written him, offering to be the new maintainer.)
Since I didn't get any response, I've got a 'from scratch' replacement
on my 'todo' list, as time permits.
I`m hereby soliciting input from *anybody* and *everybody*. <grin>
If you've got a good answer for a FAQ question, send it to:
in standard question/answer format.
Make sure the first word of the subject line is "FAQ", without the quotes,
or you'll get a bounce message saying that that address does not exist
It really does exist, it's just *highly* paranoid. <grin>
Also, I'm accumulating WW-related links. at:
"WWLINKS", again, without the quotes, required as the first word on the
useful info is: (1) a 'short name' for the link, (2) the full URL, and
(3) a one-line description of what's there and/or why it's "good stuff".
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