Shop Musings #1: Resaw by hand!? - You mean i could've been doing this the whole time!?

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 09-08-2014 06:21 PM 3017 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So quite awhile back I was blessed with a Walker Turner 14” bandsaw for just $100 bucks, which I lauded as my way to finally resaw all these cool boards I’ve ammassed- and to this day I still cant get the blade to stay on. Harumph!

So I finally got fed up and said to myself, how hard can it be to resaw by hand!? Since I got my Disston D-7 5 1/2 ppi rip saw, I haven’t even tried! My previous attempts were so awful, that I was discouraged…

I started with a test piece of HARD pallet wood that I still am not sure what it is. Its only about 3×2in x5/8ths. After marking the center with the marking gauge, i vised it up at an angle (so im not cutting all endgrain) and sliced it in half. (my only tip for that is to use the same kerf you started with. Dont try to flip it over and start a kerf from the other side) Hand sanded from 120 – 100 & BLO.
Its so hard I cant dent it with my fingernail, it has a feathered grain pattern, and its heavy. Guesses encouraged.

This here is a piece of figured poplar i salvaged from the dumpster behind my favorite cabinet shop. It’s small, about 3×8 x 3/4in.

I saw some figure hiding in there so I shined it up with BLO and thats the way it stayed for about 8 months…

Until this weekend. This is after resaw and a light planing

After some belt sanding – No flash used here because without finish you cant see the figure using flash apparently.

So as you can see there is some potential here.

Just sharin my thoughts. Contrary to my previous belief, resawing by hand for small boards is easy and can yield awesome results with the right board.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 07:27 PM

There is a guy, Snodgrass, works for Carter. This guy has a video on You Tube filmed at a wood workers show about tuning up and using the band saw, and during his presentation he addresses the blades and belts coming off … I just watched it about two days ago. It all has to do with wheel tracking and putting the gullets at the center of the wheel … not centering the blade … Tuned up both of my band saws yesterday to his specs … what a difference!! And no more thrown blades and no more drift!!!
Maybe this is the answer for the old Walker Turner??
Now off to the shop to try some resaw with my Disston D-95

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 07:30 PM

Nice pictures. How long did it take you to resaw those boards, how big are they, and I assumed you sharpened the saw yourself?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 08:29 PM

If you do a lot of resawing you may want to consider a frame saw and kerfing saw.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 08:31 PM

Looks like it was worth the effort. I couldn’t see splitting a dozen logs that way. My arm would fall off. At least you have some nice lumber to work with now. Good luck with your resaw work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 09:51 PM

Kerfing plane

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 09:55 PM

Frame saw

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-08-2014 10:07 PM

Thanks wayne!

Only took a few minutes (less than 10) to cut each, the small 1 took just maybe 5. Sizes are in the text
Saw isnt all that sharp actually.

I’ve watched the snodgrass video over and over, great tips, but not helping with my 70 yr old saw.

Go to it Mike, let me know what you get outta them boards with the D-95

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 11:12 PM

Some nice slicing going on there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 09-10-2014 09:02 PM

for kerfing plane and frame saw look first here

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#10 posted 09-11-2014 06:40 PM

Thanks for the video recommendation Grumpymike.

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