New Youtube Woodworking Video Series! EthAnswers Bandsaw Drift Myths

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Forum topic by BandsawJeff posted 12-29-2017 08:48 PM 1642 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2017 08:48 PM

I’ve been following Ethan now for a month or so. I’m a big fan of his first video…opened my eyes as far as bandsaws go. I won’t spoil it for you guys but…the way the average woodworker has been using their bandsaw is wrong. At least when it comes to cutting straight!

Also his latest video was quite informative…my new favorite blade is a 3/8” 3pti.

Everyone likes fresh new ideas and so far that is what EthAnswers is.

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#1 posted 12-29-2017 11:36 PM

Neither link worked for me I searched ethanswers and found them

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#2 posted 12-30-2017 12:51 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to me that the “Little Ripper” that he is selling differs from cutting veneer from the side of your piece that is away from the fence by …. well nothing. The jig becomes the fence and as it moves it remains a fixed distance from the blade.
I’m sure it works for him but I will have to agree to disagree with him on the general subject of drift.

And yes, I have seen the blade drift toward and away from the fence.

+1 above, the links don’t work.

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#3 posted 12-30-2017 03:15 AM

Sorry guys I’ve fixed the links!

Well what really impressed me was the fact that he took the guides off, lowered the blade tension, screwed with the alignment and used a little 3/8” blade. Pretty well the exact opposite of what every other video on bandsaws I’ve ever watched tells you. But the real kicker was he still cuts perfectly straight on that piece of oak.

To me it makes a lot of sense that using a sled is the better option. He says when you use a fence on a bandsaw you bind the blade because the wood stresses. But with a carriage it can open up and move on one side and is locked in place on the other. It’s the exact same principle as a bandsaw mill.

I may be wrong but I’ve never seen a mill struggle with setting up for drift…honestly I’m not even sure if you can adjust for drift. Of course hitting a nail is a different story.

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