My First Big Resaw Experience With My New Bandsaw

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Blog entry by stefang posted 10-30-2010 07:27 PM 2585 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On Thursday I showed you the little, but expensive pile of wood I bought for my Christmas projects.


Yesterday I cut the pieces to the widths I need and jointed/planed them to accurate thickness. Today I jointed one edge of each board and then resawed each piece in half. Each board is close to 1 meter (or roughly 40”) long.

I’ve only tried some trial resaws when I got the new bandsaw after I set it up. I haven’t been in the shop much since then, so I was in suspense waiting to see how it would go. This was, after all the main reason I bought the thing, so I really wasn’t looking to be disappointed.

The photo below shows the boards that were planed yesterday. These are a little under 1” thick after planing.


Some of you might recall the tall axillary router fence I made for my router table that I attach to my positioning system. Well, here it is being used as a tall fence for my jointer.



Here I have set up the same tall router fence on my bandsaw to cope with the wider boards to be resawed. I hope you are getting the idea what a useful thing and how versatile that tall fence really is!


Here’s a picture of the first one off the saw. I’m really relieved and pleased with it. The rest went equally well.


The following photo shows all the resawn pieces stickered to let them work out the stress before planing the cut side next week. The 2nd picture is the ash which I cut into 1” thick pieces. I will be also resawing these in half after they acclimate a bit. The last photo shows my Sycamore which turned out to have worm holes. That one is going back to the dealer!




That’s it. I just wanted to share my joy with you all, and to brag a little too. I Hope you are all having a nice weekend and getting a little shop time in. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 07:36 PM

glad you got that worked out mike
they look good
you may need to place the guide at a slight angle at times
if the blade starts to drift
as it dulls slightly
(one side may dull more than the other )
but it isn’t a real problem
if you can sque the fence some
to accommodate the ‘drift’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 07:47 PM

Awesome looking bandsaw Mike!!!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 07:51 PM

Really nice Mike.
Did you make some guide spur in the wood before, or did you just go ahead?
I have seen some use the marking gauge to make a quite deep spur before cutting, tis can guide the blade…
Wonderful Mike, now I have been inspired to go ahead also.
Perhaps your next try will be some venere!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 07:52 PM

Good morning Mike,
I like the resaw. I love my interchangeable fences as well.
The Cocobolo I trimmed my grand daughters triangle box with had worn holes too. I think the worm holes added a certain character to the finished box. But that is up to you.

I’m waiting for the project to hit high gear. Have fun in the shop, Buddy. Rand

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 07:56 PM

Fantastic. Very cool fence. Resawing adds so much flexibility to the shop. What are you going to make?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 08:03 PM

Looks like a great job Mike , I think I would be a little worried too. using my new band saw given what the cost of your wood is. I’m always a little concerned using unlike material to sticker my material some times that can leave marks on your wood due to a chemical reaction.

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 08:08 PM

David Yes, the fence can adjusted to compensate for drift. According to Michael Fortune’s article in FWW this shouldn’t be necessary if I keep my blade well centered. So far so good with a new blade, but only time will tell. There is hope and there is reality, which usually catches up to you in the end. I have to admit that a fresh blade is always a big plus. I am not cutting any ply or other composites on this saw, only solid wood. This is supposed to give me about 75% more blade life. We’ll see.

Benji Thanks. It is now officially my favorite machine, at least for today.

Mads No, I haven’t made a spur, and I have never thought of doing that with a bandsaw cut. However, I am always readyand willing to try something new out, so I will give it a go sometime. I got very accurate cuts this time though, so I don’t really need to do anything else right now. I was also very happy with the smoothness of the cuts. I am really excited about all the possibilities this saw has opened up for me. I just hope I can come up with projects that will

Rand Good Morning (evening here). I’m not very clever with the rustic stuff. I love it, but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it. I’ll try to work on my attitude. I’ll be posting work as I do it to document my work for you folks who think I’m just sitting in front of my computer ALL the time.

Rob Thanks. I plan to make some boxes and maybe some other things, but I’m waiting for inspiration to strike me while I make the boxes.

Jim Thanks for the tip about possible staining. I hadn’t thought about that. I have used real dry pine as stickers. I hope that won’t discolor. Also my shop is heated 24/7 so the humidity iss pretty low in there. Anyway, after today’s success it’s good to have something new to worry about!, LOL.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 08:53 PM

Good job Mike,

Here are a couple of photos showing pressure fingers with the bandsaw. This will help you keep constant pressure on the wood against the fence where it is most needed, at the front edge of the blade.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 08:58 PM

Thanks John,
I never thought of using a high feather board.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 09:36 PM

Hi John and thanks for the thoughtful tip. I have in fact planned on stacking some featherboards, but never got your simple, but brilliant idea of doing it with a simple pin, which makes it easy to disassemble the stack to use the individual FB’s on other machines. I don’t have a lot of floor, wall or shelf space in my shop. Ideas like this really save a lot of hassle for me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-30-2010 10:16 PM

that was a great way of telling the Bs this is the way you soposed to work in the future
smoth with out trouble LOL
congrat´s Mike with the first resaw on it, before you know it you will make veneer to a goldmedal

thank´s for sharing
stay safe

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#12 posted 10-30-2010 10:18 PM

i have a resaw blade 3/4 inch wide but I don’t use it… I have found that my little 1/4 inch blade resaws very well. Maybe I am just too lazy to change blades..LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 10-30-2010 11:38 PM

Dennis I tried some veneer earlier and I got thinner than a commercial thickness, although the idea of cutting your own veneers is to actually cut them thicker and not thinner.

Larry I think the idea behind a wide blade is actually based on the belief that high blade tension is necessary for resawing and cutting veneers. The wider blades are stronger and so will withstand higher tension and therefore be more stable through the cut.

Personally I’m not a big believer in using real high tension, because, for one thing it will wear your tires out a lot sooner. I know you use your BS a lot and you know what you are talking about and I agree with you, but I have a 1/4” blade on my small BS, so I thought I would try out the wider blade on the big saw. So far it is cutting very accurately and also extremely smooth. A lot of that might be explained by the blade being new and sharp. I also bought a 1/4” blade for the new saw just in case I needed it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 10-30-2010 11:47 PM

thinner than comercial pices waaoow , they are under one mm
I think you don´t have to be worry about how good your bandsaw perform
if you just remember the normal maintainess of it

thank´s Mike

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#15 posted 10-31-2010 12:47 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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