Anyone have a 20" or larger bandsaw I could use in the Tampa / St. Pete Florida area

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Forum topic by zzzzdoc posted 07-08-2017 11:32 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2017 11:32 PM

I am making a large jewelry box for SWMBO. The design involves convex curved sides. To accomplish this, I purchased a neat jig which actually works quite well making those curves: (And, no, I don’t have any association with that company other than buying their product.)

The problem is, the box I am building is about 18” long (which, when stood on its end translates to 18” of resaw capacity needed, plus about 1-1/2” extra for the jig – hence a 20” or greater resaw capacity bandsaw). I didn’t think of this at the time, and my 14” Laguna SUV clearly won’t fit the box.

So, long story short, I need to make 4 quick curves cuts on a bandsaw that’s at least a 20” one (if not even a larger one).

Does anyone in the Tampa Bay / St. Petersburg / Clearwater Florida area have one that they wouldn’t mind me coming over to make those cuts with the jig? If so, please send me contact info via private message. Thanks in advance. I’m hoping to make a nice present for my significant other for her birthday.

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#1 posted 07-10-2017 01:22 AM

My 17” saw only has 12” of resaw, a 21” bandsaw only has about 14” and 24” saw only about 16” of resaw. You would need a much, much larger saw for 20” of resaw. (correction: there are some larger Laguna saws starting at 20” that would work for you.)

Maybe there is way to make two 9” boards, cut your curves and glue them to back together. With a clean enough cut with a thin kerf blade, followed up with a card scraper and sanding, and the glue joint would be next to invisible. Or, add an accent strip between the two boards. The Jig also seems to require a substantial outboard support table, not sure if that will be an issue for you but something that needs to be considered.

Or if I’m not understanding what or how the jig does what it does, then maybe coopered panels would work for you.

Good luck, I hope you find what you need or figure out a different way. Sounds like it will be cool once you get it figured out.

(Edit: I just had a look at some of your other work, you clearly know what you are doing and looking for, and probably already considered other options. Best of luck anyway.)


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#2 posted 07-10-2017 09:16 AM

I’ll have to check as to how much actual resaw capacity something like an MM20 or Laguna 20” bandsaw has. I thought of trying to cut two separately and glue them back together, but don’t think it will look good.

The outboard support is handled by a rare earth magnet in the base of the jig, plus some clamps, so that’s not an issue.

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