Bandsaw as jointer?

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Forum topic by Fugazni posted 01-21-2021 02:47 PM 299 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2021 02:47 PM

In this video from Izzy Swan, he takes the sliding table off his Sawstop and attaches it to the bandsaw, and builds a plywood table on top of it with a rear fence. At the end of the video, he says he no longer has use for a jointer because he can face joint and edge joint with this setup. From my very limited understanding of bandsaws, the blade doesn’t produce a fine or accurate enough cut to do something like that.

Can someone explain how using a sliding table creates better results over using a fence? Could a setup like this really produce jointed surfaces?

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 02:56 PM

A sliding table could clamp a board so you reduce the human variability factors. Hand pressure to the fence, hand relocation on the workpiece during the cut, consistent angle of the workpiece, etc. I would be surprised if the edge quality was as good as a jointer could get you

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 03:03 PM

That would take a really well set up bandsaw. Most people seem to struggle with getting a bandsaw to cut straight lines.

I love my bandsaw and can cut straight lines with a fence but it would NEVER replace my joiner. You couldn’t do faces and your not going to get the smooth cuts you get with the joiner. I use mine to fine tune the width of boards, taking maybe a 1/32 off.

Maybe he has found a way but I have some serious doubts that this could ever replace a joiner for fine wood working.

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 03:04 PM

He’s full of baloney. You tubers will make up anything to get views

-- Aj

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 03:13 PM

He’s full of baloney. You tubers will make up anything to get views

- Aj2

Agreed! How many years of experience does he have under his belt?

I have three bandsaws, all three tuned, with one very, very tuned. Even the most tuned one (Grizzly 17”), the cut quality is only as good as 1/2 the depth side to side of the set teeth. I can easily resaw (did it just yesterday) a piece to 1/4” and needing only sanding to finish, but the surface was still subpar to a jointer.

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 03:13 PM

Total BS.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 03:16 PM

I like watching Izzy, but only for entertainment! Though he claims some of the stuff he does is safe (such as using a table saw as a lathe), I disagree.

Anything on YouTube needs taken with a grain of salt. Some, like Stumpy, really know their stuff, but others, holy crap, where did they learn this or who taught them?

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#7 posted 01-21-2021 03:34 PM

My guess is that what he really means is that he can get a straight enough edge which he can then use his table saw to get a glue joint ready edge or run it through a planer for the faces. You’ve also got to remember that his furniture designs are usually rustic so he probably doesn’t need a jointer anyway.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 03:46 PM

He’s full of baloney. You tubers will make up anything to get views

- Aj2

Agreed, If you read the comments below the video he gets a lot of wow factors. It’s like the videos of a pallet jack furniture builders videos who don’t have a clue about wood movement. They are building stuff that will self-destruct but the viewers go wild with compliments.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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