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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 07-18-2019 03:56 AM 399 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2019 03:56 AM

I have a 14” Delta bandsaw with a resaw blade on it. tonight I tried to cut a notch in a 4×4 piece of redwood. I already had the saw set up for the longer rip cut of about 7” so I decided to cut that cut first instead of cutting the 1-1/2” cut in from the side. As I am feeding the 4×4 through, it pinched and stopped the blade. I quickly turned off the saw. Then the fun began of trying to free the blade. I rested the 4×4 on the back of my shop stool while I found a putty knife. I drove it into the kerf but that only let it come back a short ways. I finally had to get a knife with a thicker blade and then it backed out. I learned that I should cut the side cut first. Just works a little better. I finished cutting notches the other three 4×4 chunks so I think my blade is still okay. I think I will reset the blade in the blocks tomorrow.

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#1 posted 07-18-2019 05:02 AM

Trapping a blade on a BS is the best way to break blades. A resaw blade may not be maneuverable enough to make much more than straight cuts.

If this 4×4 is long, it will also start to weigh a bit, and for big, long, heavy stuff, a bandsaw needs the work to be pretty well supported. Generally a BS table isn’t big enough to do that, so you need infeed, and outfeed supports/rollers. On those big pieces it also is a time you want to make straight cuts only. It’s hard enough to steer a big post through straight, where you can use a fence, trying to maneuver it to make notches is gonna be a problem.

For making notches in posts, and big lamination’s I always did it like this guy is showing.

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