Time lapse Woodworking #7: Resawing a 13'' tall 8/4 walnut board

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 01-24-2011 05:31 PM 4393 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is another video in our time lapse woodworking series, this time around I’m re-sawing a 13’’ 8/4 solid Canadian Black Walnut board about 33’’ long into 4 pieces that need to end up 3/8’’ thick. These will be the panels in a frame and panel center divider for a shelving unit we’re building for a display for a local store.

First I throw on a new blade, I’m just using a 3/8’’ blade from our local band saw blade place called R&D Band saw supply they have great specials all the time…... ( maybe not so special ) LOL seriously though great prices for blades that cut like a dream.

After the tension is set correctly, I install the fence to the saw and set the thickness of cut, this is very easy to do because this fence has a nice micro adjust handle that allows 1/64’’ per turn of adjustment. I’ve added 2 pieces of mdf to create a taller fence I think about 8’’, to my surprise it has held up very well all I do is apply a coat of paste wax once in a while to repel moisture and give it a smooth surface to slide against.

I then set up our larger feather board which with this piece of lumber does not seem that big, and I begin to feed the board through the blade at a consistent moderate feed rate. I just reset the feather board and repeat no need to joint or plane the freshly cut surface. I am easily able to get 4 boards cleaned up to 3/8’’ from a 2’’ thick piece of lumber.

When the cut is completed I lay the boards out in order to ensure a nice grain match when we build the frame and panel sections.

The saw in use is a Mini Max MM 20 with 20’’ of resaw height and a 4.8hp motor the saw does not really notice i’m feeding a piece of wood through the blade, it really does cut like butter and so straight, even with a 3/8’’ blade.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 05:46 PM

Lucky.. wish I had a band saw like that.

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 01:42 AM

No planing or jointing? That seems amazing. How can the cut be so accurate? Or is it not that improtant for these pieces?

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 02:32 AM

I planed them after each board taking less then 1/16’’ off each side to clean them up to 3/8’‘

These pieces were used as panels in a frame and panel build

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#5 posted 01-25-2011 04:15 AM

I have saw envy!

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 07:31 AM

Nice work, killer tunes.

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 04:36 PM

Wow, we have the exact same setup – I LOVE my MM20. Looks like you’re using a Driftmaster fence too?

Have you had any problems with blade changes with the Driftmaster in place? I’m thinking about replacing the lower door hinges with ones that allow me to lift the whole door off – the Driftmaster wheel keeps getting in the way.

And yeah, the MM eats through anything. The toughest I’ve done so far is resawing 8/4×12” white oak.

-- To do is to be

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 05:28 PM

Jon glad to hear from a fellow MM20 owner, I love the beast always a pleasure to use.

As long as the drift master fence is slid to about 1’’ away from the blade the door opens with no problems. If not I know what you mean it will his the one nut on the bottom, just slide it close to the blade I wouldn’t go to the extent of changing the hinges.

I’ve resawn hard maple about 15’’ tall, although I did use the 1’’ resaw master blade from laguna, but 2 days ago I resawed some drawer bottoms from a 10’’ 8/4 HARD Maple, still just with the 3/8’’ blade, it almost cut better then through the walnut in my opinion.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 04:06 AM


I have been in serious want for a band saw to use primarily for resaw purposes. I have some wonderful exotic hardwood and a large stack of reclaimed maple table tops that in order to use for the projects that I envision for them…...I need to resaw them into proper thickness…I really do not want to plane them down and turn a majority of the wood into sawdust

My problem is that I have very limited knowledge of bandsaws, and I relly do not know any local craftsman to guide me in the process.

I am a fairly proficient woodworker with a variety of tools and techniques but agin I have no experience with a bandsaw…...what is the learning curve going to be for me to buy a saw and learn the techniques by trial and error?

I have tried hard to buy some resource material, and educate myself via the web, but I still have alot of trepidation of spending $1500 for the saw that I am eyeing only to struggle with it.

any suggestions

Thanks for the video, I truly enjoyed and learned from it


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#10 posted 01-27-2011 09:28 PM

Paul and Joel…Wonderful stuff. Keep it up! Looking forward to more.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#11 posted 02-02-2011 06:21 AM

Hw – So far this bandsaw has kinda been a set it and forget it machine which tells me you get what you pay for, so all I can really suggest is that you invest is a nice machine and read reviews about the saws your interested in.

I’ve only really had to learn about drift, I learned most of what I know from David Marks for the t.v show Wood Works…. I must add great show! I even think he has a band saw dvd, he is a great teacher and I would listen to anything he has to say.


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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