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#1 posted 05-11-2018 03:05 AM

Your 14-inch saw can take up to a 3/4-inch blade. I have a 14-inch Delta with a riser block – basically the same saw as yours in design and function. I use a 3/4-inch, carbide tipped blade. It is VERY slow going sawing any type of hardwood. I have replaced the motor on mine with a 1-1/2 HP – it’s still slow. Within the last month, I’ve re-sawed 8/4 mahogany, and 8/4 hard maple. The mahogany was 8-inches wide and the hard maple was 5-inches wide.

The trade-off between the 1/2-inch blade and a 3/4-inch blade is that the 1/2-inch blade is easier for the saw to turn in the wood as there is less blade surface and friction in the cut, while the 3/4-inch blade is stiffer and deflects less than the 1/2-inch blade making straighter cuts easier.

I have a skip tooth 1/2-inch blade that I’ve used for re-sawing, but find the 3/4-inch blade makes a better cut at nearly the same feed rate. I also lubricate the blade. Some people like to use Pam kitchen spray on the blade, I use both Bostik Blade Coat and Slipit. Both work about the same. I have the gel type Slipit and apply it with a 1-inch paint brush to both sides of the blade while the saw is running just before I start sawing. If it’s a long board, I have a helper apply more lubricant to the blade as I’m cutting.

Cutting wet wood will be more difficult than dry wood as there will be more friction and your feed rate will be slower – but, if you’re patient, and take your time sawing, I’m sure you could cut the wood.

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