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Sounds like the blade is dull. Another thing that happens when you resaw is that the wood pinches the blade. You may have to insert a small wedge into the kerf to prevent the wood from closing up on the blade.
 

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I was just dealing with this problem over the weekend (resawing walnut, smelled like burning, and with timberwolf blades as well). Turns out the problem is that I forgot to replace the 8 tpi blade I was using before with the 4tpi blade for resawing. Burning at 8tpi turned into a hot knife through butter at 4tpi.

Also, at the very least you'll want to clean (and possibly resharpen) your blade before continuing, since you probably now have burnt walnut on it.
 

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Assuming your blade is sharp, the problem is probably a chip clearance issue. That is, a combination of the feed rate and gullet size (which is usually related to tpi) means you're generating chips faster than you can clear them out the bottom of the cut.

There's a general rule for how many teeth to have in the material. I think it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8, but someone with more knowledge than me might want to verify that. So for my 2" walnut I'm resawing, 4tpi works great. However 4 might be too much for 6" stock, for example.

You might try calling suffolk machinery directly (the people who make timberwolf blades). I've found them to be very helpful in guiding you towards the proper blade for your particular application.
 

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Are you feeding the wood in a fixed position? Sometimes the blade starts to wander off line and will bind. Try free handing the cut, no jigs or fences, or best a single pivot point by the blade. Watch your feed rate, don't hurry or force wood. Good luck…...........
 

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Yeah the blade was wondering over the material, but I was forcing the cut. The material I was cutting was around 10" wide. So I might need a blade with fewer tpi. I will call Suffolk to see what they suggest.
 

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Under some condition you might have the blade in upside down. Where the teeth are pointing up. It that's the case make sure that you turn the blade inside out.
 

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I go thur blades like crazy but I cut burls and there is a lot of grit in the burls. Definitely sounds like a dull blade.
Just one pass on a hard serface can dull all the teeth. But I cut walnut all the time. I just have to have a sharp blade.
 

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Karson, been there done that. You may think that its a rookie mistake but I'm sure the best of woodworkers have done that atleast once. What size BS are you using? If it's a 14", the combination of the 3/4" blade and the walnut may be a little much for it.
 

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I was using a 3/4" resaw blade on my 14" Jet with riser. That is just too much blade for the saw.
I switched to 1/2" amd the results improved significantly.
I, too, used the Woodslicer from Highland Woodworking but have recently used a 4TPI 1/2" from Morse and got great results at a less expensive cost per blade.
While TW was (is) good for general BS work I have never had any luck with one as a resaw blade.

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I just installed a Wood Slicer Blade from http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx and it cuts like a dream. I've shown the results of my resawing to a couple of other woodworkers and we are all impressed with the quality.

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Blade sharpness is one issue….tension is another….I have found when I do not tension a blade fully that it tends to wander and not cut cleanly and can overheat and smoke. If your blade is sharp…check your tension…and also the blade guides to insure they keep the tension directed towards the middle of the blade…I have seen some of the old nylon guides that become lopsided due to wear on one side or the other….I always recommend that you use bearing guides or at minimum the european style ceramics as the plastic will melt and stick to your blade…your wood…..it makes a mess and is hard to remove from the blade (virtually ruining it). My old 14" would cut through almost any wood I threw at it….I upgraded as I wanted a little bit more size for resawing and for cutting larger circles… (19" grizzly)....The new saw is 5hp - which is alot more then the 1.5 I had on the 14"....I have no problem going through any wood now….
 
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