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12-04-2008 05:07 PM

Don’t ask me how, but I managed to put a kink in a relatively new bandsaw blade, rendering it useless. It’s a ¾” 3 TPI timber wolf. It’s still sharp and I’d hate to throw it out. Has anyone seen any useful tools or jigs that I could use it for?

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#1 posted 12-04-2008 05:34 PM

I use old blades to make blades for hacksaws and others. Shear to length and punch holes where needed. I know that a 3 TPI hacksaw looks strange but its really handy. The 3 TPI in a bow saw is great for trimming trees. Tage Frig (sp) used pieces on them to clean out his dovetails by grinding off the teeth and sharpening then using a hammer to tap his blade knife into the wood. One of his videos shows this very well.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 12-04-2008 05:35 PM

Might be able to use some of the blade for tearing off sheets of sandpaper. I have a palm sander that takes squares of sandpaper. I usually have 8.5×11 sheets of sandpaper that I fold and cut to size. It can be tedious and generally slows me down. Might be overkill for your blade. This idea might be better suited for an old hacksaw blade or something with a few more teeth. All that being said, this might stir up or trigger an idea for you. Tim

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#3 posted 12-04-2008 05:44 PM

I keep some pcs. of band saw blades (about 12” long and taped on both ends) by my buffing station to “fluff up” the buffing wheels prior to adding more buffing compound.

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#4 posted 12-04-2008 06:29 PM

It could actually be cut and re-soldered at a saw shop. It probably wouldn’t cost too much. You don’t have to scrap it. They even make blade soldering kits so you could do it yourself.

This one is only $35 at WOODCRAFT:

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 12-04-2008 07:26 PM

You can make a bowsaw and use it for hand-ripping. 3 TPI
is pretty coarse for cutting joints though.

You can also make yourself a walking-beam saw. There
are directions on it in some old FWW issue.

Blades are hard steel so they work as scrapers. You might
cut it into 4” lengths and make a holder.

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#6 posted 12-04-2008 07:49 PM

These are some good ideas. I hadn’t considered trying to re-solder it. That kit would be a worthwhile investment if it worked.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#7 posted 12-04-2008 07:57 PM

I did the same thing. I should have thrown the blade out months ago, bu felt guilty for some reason (even though it was unusable). Now that I can do something with it, I’m glad I didn’t . Thanks for the post and all the replies!

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#8 posted 12-04-2008 09:18 PM

Hmmmm, ideas abound here, thanks. I have a bunch of old Wood-Mizer sawmill band blades. You are all welcome to them if you come and get them and post a picture of what you make with them – I live in west central GA. Regards

-- Fred, Georgia

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#9 posted 12-05-2008 12:32 AM

This topic comes up from time to time on the sawmilling forums. I don’t know how wide your blade is compared to the smallest 1-1/4” used on bandsaw mills. But steak knives are often mentioned as possible reuses . I’ve got a few broken ones hanging in a tree that I’d give away to a new home.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#10 posted 12-30-2008 08:56 AM

you can use them to make knives for cutting bread as well

-- rob, ont,canada

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#11 posted 12-30-2008 06:09 PM

Cut off all but one backward-facing tooth, put a handle on it, and you have:

1- grout/caulk remover
2- carpet/ linoleum cutter

I suppose you could also make some pretty good scrapers out of them.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#12 posted 12-31-2008 07:19 AM

Cut it into multiple lengths, attach them to a handle, and you can create “distressed wood” like nobody’s business!

Mount it teeth up to keep birds from perching somewhere.

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#13 posted 12-31-2008 08:54 AM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 12-31-2008 10:23 AM

they make great intarsian and marquetry cutting tools as well as doing wood carving (various self made knives for small detials and such)

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#15 posted 12-31-2008 03:48 PM

Custom ground profile scrapers.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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