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Forum topic by seanmoore posted 06-11-2019 01:16 AM 517 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2019 01:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resawing rewsaw band saw live edge slab

Hi fellow woodworkers! Long time lurker here and first time poster. I recently picked up some black acacia slabs and am in need of assistance resawing them. I am working on making some epoxy serving trays, and have started cutting the slabs down to more manageable pieces. Both pieces are around 13” wide x 24” long by 2” thick, with a jointed edge on one side, and a live edge on the other side. Im looking to resaw both pieces down the middle so I have two 1” thick pieces.

My 14” Jet bandsaw unfortunately cant handle the task without excessive blade drift and a bit of burning. Are there any other woodworkers in the Los Angeles area that have a bandsaw large enough to help me get a clean resaw on these two pieces? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 06-11-2019 02:34 AM

I’m at the county line between San Bernardino and LA but here’s something to think about. Its very likely if you Resaw the full 13inches your pieces will bow across the width a lot.
I would wager anything up to 10 inches will bow a lot because of the hot weather change.
You will have better luck ripping the two pieces down the middle then resawing at 6.5. Then joint and glue the pieces back together.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 06-11-2019 04:14 AM

A new sharp blade, properly tensioned, will resaw for you just fine! Dull blades will drift and less than enough tension will allow the blade to bow. Try a new resaw blade with plenty of tension. I have a 14” saw and use a 1/2” resaw saw blade. (3 TPI)

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#3 posted 06-11-2019 04:26 AM

Acacia is not as hard as some of the exotic woods out there. I have cut some of it on the sawmill and the slabs I have are not that hard to where your bandsaw couldn’t handle it if you have it set up right and have a nice sharp resaw blade like Jim said.

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#4 posted 06-11-2019 02:45 PM

id love to help you,ive got a hitachi cb75f resaw with a 3” wide blade so flex and bowing are not a problem,the problem is,i just looked it up online and the max cutting depth is only 11.8” so it’s a little less than what you need.when i get home tonight i measure and verify this and let you know,or if you can cut the width in the southbay area.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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