Tool Tip #28: Jointing timber using a bandsaw.

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 04-14-2017 08:54 AM 1817 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am making a laminated seat for a chair its 500mm x 500mm x 50mm.
I do not have any timber that size so I had to make it by laminating and jointing a series of pieces together.

Layer 1 is two pieces that will do the job
Layer 2 will be 4 pieces to complete the glue up.

This is the raw material I want to use.

Piece 1 and 2 are what I need for Layer 1 and piece 3 and 4 butt joined to start Layer 2.

But after working out I cannot cut both of them straight without reducing the width below 500mm left me with the option to bandsaw them on the profile and glue them back together again

Using double sided tape I then supported the pieces and bandsawed them.

I had to cut a small section from Pieces 3 and 4 to get them in the bandsaw.
I could have docked them but as the layer 1 pieces had to be bandsawed I did both.

Next was to fit biscuits.

An additional tip here.
Originally I set the biscuit jointer to #20 and cut three positions to fit biscuits, went to dry fit them toogether and found due to the uneven surface penetration was not deep enough for #20 biscuits, and the joint would not close.
So I simply swapped them out for #10s and all closed up perfectly.

Added glue and clamped them all together.

Next day I checked the pieces.

Here is Layer 1 A Side sanded

And finally a close up of the glue joint result before any sanding.

Whats the A abd B side. The A side of Layer 1 will be the top of the seat, the B side will be glued to the B side of Layer 2
Making a final piece 500×500 x 50, ready for carving and sculpting


The results I obtained just using the bandsaw were worthy of continuing with so now its on with the work to produce Layer 2.


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 09:17 AM

I like it!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 09:23 AM

What’s the timber please Rob….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 09:56 AM

Hello Candy.
Thank you hope you and the family are all well.

Hello crowie
I could say its battery wood but is really pieces of QLD walnut,... all a bit too small to do anything with individually.
Should make a attractive seat when finished.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 10:36 AM

This is the part I shall miss… nice work on the walnut Bob…

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 01:56 PM

nice job joining those boards,rob gonna make a beautiful seat.can i ask what brand of batteries you are using,and would you recommend them-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 06:06 PM

Very COOL work…

... I shall wait with baited breath to see what comes next… :)

... and in awe…

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 10:36 PM

This is an “Ahhh-Haaa” moment

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