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Forum topic by Ray D posted 01-24-2017 12:40 AM 1129 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2017 12:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw curves timber wolf


I am not looking to turn my bandsaw into a scroll saw but I would like at times to make subtle curves. I’m guessing a 3/8” but then again, I may be safer with a 1/4”. I hoping to get some use/time out of the blade but don’t want to break the bank with cost (I save that for my TS). I have a Wood Slicer Resaw blade and love it for the purpose proposed for it but I am uncertain with others. I was considering a Timber Wolf blade for these uses but could use more options on brand and sizes. I’ll buy a few if different if needed.


-- Ray - Minooka, Illinois

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 12:57 AM

Fortunately, band saw blades for general work are pretty cheap. Timber Wolf are good blades. I’ve been happy with my Olson AllPro that run about half the price of Timber Wolf on Amazon.

Here’s a handy little graphic showing minimum radius cuts with various blade widths:

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 02:35 AM

Rich thanks for the illistration, copied that and am going to put it close to my Bandsaw!!

Ray D I have been using Timberwolf last few years and have been happy with the results. I ordered mine straight from Timberwolf off this link.

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 11:30 PM

Thanks guys! Guess it will be a trial and error situation as I find what I like and what I don’t. Good thing they’re not very expensive with the only down side being blade changes. Ha!


-- Ray - Minooka, Illinois

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 11:55 PM

If you really are planning on near scroll saw cut radii consider getting a Carter stabilizer and using 1/8 or 3/16 blades. I prefer Starrett in the small sizes since Lenox stopped making blades smaller than 1/4”.

Note the standard cut radius charts are a generalization, the exact radius radius depends on the thickness of the blade and also the set of the teeth that can vary between manufacturers and blade type.

Timberwolf has decent bladestock but has a higher than usual number of welding errors reported, but it seems to be less than in the past. I prefer Lenox bladestock and finding a good local supply house to buy from that welds themselves, this is almost always the cheapest option. Spectrum Supply and well as Iturra Design are great mailorder places to get blades. BTW both sell the same bladestock as the Highand Woodslicer (called Bladerunner and Kerfmaster) for significantly less money.

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