Improved Bandsaw sharpening station, a must

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Project by bushmaster posted 10-26-2015 02:18 AM 5725 views 31 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been along time since I have posted anything due to an extended vacation and work related to my acerage, Its been several years that I have wanted to try sharpening my bandsaw blades so I put this project ahead of anything I have planned. I was inspired by a utube video by brandotown, and i suggest everyone that is interested watch his video. maybe someone could put a link in for me, not sure what to do.
I had an old grinder that someone gave me, no tool rest, but that was a blessing as the one I made works better. First blade I sharpened I used a wide stone, then I remembered a narrow stone that I had picked up on a clearance table, I like it alot better as you only need the corner. I put a slight slant on the stone and rounded the corner. I soon discovered I needed a light and remembered I had a lighted magnifying lamp in storage. The magnifier makes it easy and restful to see your work. otherwise your eyes go wonky trying to focus, with this setup I can pretty much sharpen a complete blade in one sitting. after hitting the tip of the tooth I just sharpen I had an idea of a guard and it works very well, esp on 6 tpi blades. I used a piece of hardwood to plug the surface of the grindstone so less chance of it wearing the guard away. I soon came up with the idea of pivoting with a little spring pressure, rubber band will do. The rest works well as it is a support for your fingers when holding the blade. I soon discovered that I should file the corner off for clearance for the set of the tooth that pointed down secured with one screw allows adjustment. Note also my cheap support and vibration damper for the light setup. Once I got on to it I could sharpen one tooth per second, It was so much fun I sharpened all 9 blades I had saved 124 in long. About 15 minutes so at $20 dollars a blade that is about $80 dollars an hour you are saving and they can be sharpened 4 or 5 times. brandotine found that a sharpened blade cut 5 times faster than a new one. he sharpens all blades before he uses them. If you do not try it you will never know how a sharp blade cuts. But watch the Utube video, as he explains the sharpening quite well. You cannot afford not to. Thanks for looking improvements and suggestions, and comments welcome. Questions answered. Brian

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 02:37 AM

I saw one other who sharpened bandsaw blades.

I’ll keep in mind that this is possible – either with the dremel or with the grinder as you have done.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 03:04 AM

Very informational and inspirational post. I have several bandsaw blade that need some loving.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 03:22 AM

I have used this process for several years and it sure beats buying a new blade each time it dulls. Only wish I could sharpen 1/4 and 3/16” blades, but my eyes are not that good even with glasses on. Any one try those sizes?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-26-2015 04:08 AM

With the magnifier lamp i successfully sharpened a 1/4 inch blade, but with 6 tpi the magnifier lense is a must and the guard is very helpful. makes it quite easy. It was a shorter blade from another bandsaw.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 04:18 AM

Here is the link to brandotown’s video:

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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#6 posted 10-26-2015 07:41 AM

Well, perhaps a magnifier is something I should invest in. Thanks again

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Arlin Eastman

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#7 posted 10-26-2015 08:23 AM

I like what I see but do not really understand it.

I use a dremel too to do mine with, but with something like yours would be faster and easier I think.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-26-2015 10:49 AM

I’ll have to give it a try but maybe with a dremel that has a much smaller wheel because I standardized on 1/4×10 pitch blades. I’ll need a magnifier. I do sharpen non-carbide circular saw blade on a pedestal grinder all the time.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 08:17 PM

Wow, great idea. I have a setup for the bandsaw blades for my sawmill,and always wanted to make something for the bandsaw in my shop. I never could get it right. Looks like you did all the work for me. I guess I have your blessing to copy this, thank you for sharing this fantastic project.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#10 posted 10-26-2015 09:08 PM

nice post !
I really need to try to do that (using the magnifier)


but I guess it is easy using one steel cutting disk like that

no dressing needed – maybe with a 5” or 7.1/4” diameter

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 10-27-2015 12:30 AM

Clueless was I that there are people who sharpen their bandsaw blades. Sawmills, sure. But… Well done.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 10-27-2015 05:10 PM

Looks real good. I haven’t sharpened one yet, but I have been thinking about it. It is a shame to throw away a blade that can be sharpened in a relatively short time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 10-27-2015 05:11 PM

Looks real good. I haven’t sharpened one yet, but I have been thinking about it. It is a shame to throw away a blade that can be sharpened faster than driving to buy a new one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 10-28-2015 01:40 PM

I like your setup. For those like me that need magnification to see the blade, Harbor Freight sells a lighted head strap magnifier with different magnifications for about five dollars.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#15 posted 10-30-2015 05:22 PM

Watched all the videos and then I went right out to the shop and tried it. Works well.
I had several 131 1/2” blades that I’m glad I didn’t throw away. They are all sharp now. Saved me hundreds of $
Then I tried it on the coarse toothed sawsall blades I had and it worked there too.
I used a 6” bench grinder with a fine white grinding wheel.
On a long blade you do need to break it up into several sessions or you eyes start to get blurry.

-- Les B, Oregon

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