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Forum topic by Zonker posted 11-28-2019 02:13 PM 737 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Zonker

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11-28-2019 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question resource bandsaw scrollworking

I am about to pull the trigger on a Laguna 14/12 badsaw. This is an exciting upgrade from the Craftsman 12” loaner saw I’ve been using for about a year. I’ve had good results from from a 3/16” 4tpi, skip tooth blade in the Craftsman, but I’m wondering if I can do better. I’d also be interested in finding YouTube videos, or books etc… to up my skill level. I feel the new saw will help make my drawers a little tighter, simply since it ought to vibrate a lot less, but “it is a poor craftsman who blames his tools”. I know I can do better, just looking for some direction. Thanks in advance.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 11-29-2019 02:38 AM

I don’t own a 14/12. but I’ve found each saw brand, model has different sweet spots when it comes to blades. I would specify 14/12 owners, and I believe you will get more accurate hits. For the saws I do have I really like the Starrett HSS blades as sold through WoodCraft for pre-made blades. In most cases though I like blades made to order from a few companies I have had good success with. Again I like that Starrett HSS stock.

Used to like these guys more when they had Starrett stock
Pretty much an all Lennox show now.

“Trying here for a resaw blade for my 18 Rikon, Jury is still out

So I am wondering about looking for a better place to buy from. My old standby in Canada went circular blades only. Bummer….

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bc4393

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#2 posted 11-30-2019 03:57 AM

Highland woodworking woodslicer blade. Great for resawing and regular cuts alike. The wood whisperer sang its praises in one of his videos he uses it for everything. Above that, something with carbide teeth but they are pricey too.

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Kelly

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#3 posted 11-30-2019 09:24 PM

Whether you’re jumping to a Lagunna, a Powermatic, a Jet or even a Rikon, you are going to see a night and day change to your bandsaw world. There will be no comparing the new saw to the old Craftsman (I had three over the years and gave away at least one.

You’ll never look back longingly.

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#4 posted 12-01-2019 05:52 AM

As you probably know already a lot had to do with how sharp the curves are on the box you’re planning on building vs the brand name blade. The narrower the blade the smaller the curves. I’d practice with some scrap first.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-01-2019 06:57 AM

Watching… Not thrilled with trade off in narrower blades/TPI .vs. cut quality with lumber greater than 5-6” for band saw boxes on blades I tried on my 17” Grizzly.
Looking for recommendation for tight radius & smooth cuts in 8-9” thick blocks.
Hope this is not a unicorn hunt? Let’s see…..

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#6 posted 12-01-2019 08:59 AM



Watching… Not thrilled with trade off in narrower blades/TPI .vs. cut quality with lumber greater than 5-6” for band saw boxes on blades I tried on my 17” Grizzly.

Looking for recommendation for tight radius & smooth cuts in 8-9” thick blocks.
Hope this is not a unicorn hunt? Let s see…..

- CaptainKlutz

I don’t know for sure but that just might be a unicorn. Guess it depends on what you call a tight radius. A thin blade through 8” would deflect in anything but really soft wood and also get really hot I think. Everybody’s seen the chart before.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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becikeja

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#7 posted 12-01-2019 11:29 AM

I found this little gadget at a woodworking show years ago. It really works, have had good success with it. https://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-stabilizer
But as far as blade size goes, experimentation is your best bet. My experience is it depends on the piece of wood and the sharpness of the blade.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Andybb

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#8 posted 12-01-2019 04:21 PM

Forgot about those Carter guides. So assuming it’s sharp, what size blade could you use on 8” of wood. Alex is cutting pine.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Zonker

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#9 posted 12-01-2019 04:28 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. I ordered a 3/16” 4 tpi to start as that is what I’m using now. I’m thinking of more tpi for a smoother cut, am I on the right track?

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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wncguy

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#10 posted 12-01-2019 05:29 PM

I use a 3/16” 4 tpi for my boxes. Max thickness I have cut is 6”. I don’t think I could use higher tpi at that depth of cut. I also use the Carter Stabilizer.
Walnut, cherry & wormy maple are the woods I use most. I think I’d have more issues with cutting that thickness with soft woods & being able to “clear” the gullets.

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Kelly

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#11 posted 12-01-2019 05:59 PM

I have a bandsaw dedicated to scroll work and have been running a Carter Stabilizer for about four years. I think it’s the cats meow. It, certainly, is a lot easier to deal with than the five lower and five upper guide bearings I was running.

The bearing went belly up a couple years back and an after market bearing was only about five, with shipping. The old one pressed out and the new one pressed in easily (I don’t even have a press).

I have a six inch riser on the PM and have used the Stabillizer to cut wood that thick with a 1/4”, 3 TPI blade.


I found this little gadget at a woodworking show years ago. It really works, have had good success with it. https://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-stabilizer
But as far as blade size goes, experimentation is your best bet. My experience is it depends on the piece of wood and the sharpness of the blade.

- becikeja


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#12 posted 12-01-2019 07:06 PM

I forgot, but I cut a LOT of six to ten inch cherry and apple for scoops using the Stabilizer. These were done with a 105”, 3/16, 4 TPI blade.

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