Do big band saws ever cut straight?
My 14" requires a fair cant to the wood to go through "straight". I
suspect it is the same reason scroll saw blades don't cut "straight",
the blades are stamped and have a burr on one side.
I have notice a Timberwolf cuts much "straighter" than an Olson.
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of
FWIW, yes if you think 14" (grizzly G0555) is big and count mine.
I put a riser block on it, did all those things recommended to
tune it (a very comprehensive site on the web the URL to which
I have lost, and The Bandsaw Book outlined the principals) and
on the first cut was resawing an 8" hardwood board against the
(unadjusted!) fence. Using a Timberwolf blade.
Now if I could just remember that website!
You have to adjust you're fence for drift, each blade will have a
different drift angle.
Draw a straight line on a 36 inch board and hand feed it. turn the
board until it cuts right, then set you're fence or board fence at
However they seldom cut parallel to the miter slot.
You can take a long thin piece of wood and scribe a line
down the middle of it. Then rip that on the line on the band
saw, slowly adjusting the angle until you are pushing straight
into the blade. Stop the saw and mark the spaces on the
edges of the table where the bord crosses.
When you set your fence, set it parallel to that line.
there's a good article from David Marks Woodworks on diynetwork.com on
how to align your fence to match the runout from your bandsaw blade. I
didn't realize this problem was so prevalent till I read the article.
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