Band-saw problem solved.

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Blog entry by SM posted 05-08-2008 05:07 AM 1293 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I put a riser on my band-saw it ran like an old one-lunger. I worked for weeks trying to figure it out, measuring the wheels for alignment and bearing tolerances. No matter what blade I put on it ran the same: rough with a “chunk-chunk” noise. The cuts looked like the chop from a 20 k wind. Resolutely I finely called the company to see if they could direct me. I was amazed when they sent someone out to make a shop-call.

George was a lovely gentleman who had unexpectedly gone into the hospital in early January and was just getting back to work. His replacement had made up the blades. The welds on all three blades were bad. If one had been different than the others I would have been more confident that was the problem. Now the difference it pretty obvious to me.

The temporary replacement had also made up blades with six teeth, which George said was too aggressive for my machine and one blade was actually for metal working, not wood.

So George gave me a new blade (his welds and fewer teeth) and will make up some more. He spent some time showing me how to fine tune the tension and bearings and “SinCity” (my name for the band-saw) wherrrrrrrssss like a high speed turbine. I re-sawed a 7×7 inch block and it was gorgeous. No chop, just gentle little ripples.

Good lesson. I learned a lot today; and for many reasons, besides the selfish ones, I hope George stays healthy.

Littlebox prototype, cut after SinCity makeover:

-- SM

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 05:11 AM

Good deal! Now you’re cooking, huh?

What kind of blades did you buy? (manufacturer)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-08-2008 05:33 AM

I bought the saw at Mill Supply in Halifax and they (George) makes them right there. George left me a three toothed 1/2inch for general re-saw, and will make me: a 3/4” three tooth for sawing logs, then a 1/4 and 3/16 6 tooth for scroll work. I think there was also a 4 toothed but I can’t remember the size.

Mill Supply has been very helpful and accommodating (and I should buy stock based on the business I have brought them). Speaking of which, a fortune cookie told me there was a hefty planer-joiner somewhere in my future. Soon, I will post for advise on choosing wisely.

-- SM

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 05-08-2008 08:35 AM

Glad you frustrations are ended.

Where do you buy your fortune cookies? I would get some and substitute them for the ones we get at our usual take-out (I’m rather hoping for the one that says “Your husband should have the DeWalt 788 scroll saw – then true happiness will be yours.”)

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#4 posted 05-08-2008 09:25 AM

Glad everything worked out ok. it’s nice when someone replys to your concerns.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-08-2008 10:14 AM

You’ve found a good company to deal with. Its not till you have a problem that you really find out about your supplier. Stick with them.

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#6 posted 05-08-2008 12:14 PM

LM, nice to hear about your positive experience with Mill Supply. I too have always had a great experience with them. They do an awesome job at sharpening saw blades too.

Glad that your’re back on track! Great looking boxes.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#7 posted 05-08-2008 01:21 PM

It’s always great to hear about companies with super customer service. Congratulations on getting back up to speed.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 05-08-2008 04:33 PM

Thanks to all for the support, and to Douglas regarding the fortune cookies:
I write my own; I’ll send you the recipe! (I think my grandma Bordner in Utah gave it to me).

-- SM

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 05-08-2008 05:49 PM

You have a Grandma Bordner in Utah? Are we kinsmen? Send me a PM and I’ll look us up in the Great Book of Bordners and Burtners in America…and presumably Canada as well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 05-09-2008 08:10 AM

Yup, we’re step-cousins alright.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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