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Working on building up a serious wood working shop. I just got my new Grizzly 1hp Band Saw a couple of weeks ago. I’ve played around with it a bit, but I have a lot of learning to do to make sure I don’t screw it up. :) Also, not pictured, is my huge Central Machinery Heavy Duty Drill Press with the foot control. Sure wish there was someone around here that could teach me the ins and outs of how to properly use my Band Saw. I can read books, but it’s just much easier for me to learn by watching and doing.

Woot! Just got my new random orbit sander today! I love it! It’s a 3hp Heavy Duty Milwaukee. Super nice!

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 02:09 AM

Thats a cool workshop.

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 04:33 AM

Looks good, wish mine was in shape to post:-(( Still trying to convert the warehouse to shop :-)) How far up or down the Left Coast are you? There should be LJ close enough to help. After all, we are 20,000 strong :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 04:24 AM

Hey Twig,
Looking real good….well done.

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 07:05 PM

Hey, Twig, that’s a very good start to having a really nice shop. You’ve only been at a short time and just look. Before you know it you’ll be there.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 03:20 AM

Thanks, guys! I’m having a time wrestling around with this bandsaw. lol I really want to make bandsaw boxes, but when I’m trying to saw the back off of my shaped block of wood, it looks great from the top, but the blade, at the bottom, goes all over the place. Is it more tension that I need? I’m afraid of breaking my blade. I think it came with either a 3/8” or 1/4” blade, do I need to have a certain type of blade to make a bandsaw box? Thinner for the turns? But, this is straight. I mean, I’m just trying to cut the back off of it… a straight line. The guides are down as close to the wood without touching as I can get them, the blade is aligned well, the tension looks good, and I use the fence as a guide to stay in line.

The wood I’ve tried so far is redwood and white pine. I figured softer woods would be easier to learn on. Any tips or tricks I can use to make my bandsaw cut a straight line? It’s driving me NUTS!

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 08:04 PM

hello Twig niice little setup :-)

about your bandsaw isues here is some places you can look
first Mike´s blog

and then I know of a vidio woodsmith hade made – it is on youtube

and then woodwhispere has made one on how to set up and align bandsaws
looking at vidios realy come close to watch people over there shoulder :-)

take care

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 09:18 PM

Thanks so much, Dennis! I was about to give up and just start trying to find someone local. There’s a saw shop in town that sells all types of blades and I’m going to be visiting them very soon. They cut them to fit, so they should know what’s up with my saw, too.

It will be nice to go into the shop with some knowledge under my belt. Thanks so much for the links. I will be busy reading and watching those videos. I do learn by watching much easier. I’m wanting to make a bandsaw box so bad it’s driving me mad, but I’ve wasted enough beautiful redwood with the wacky cuts my saw makes. It’s scraps from the mill, but it’s still gorgeous, and the boxes would be awesome.

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 09:30 PM

you are welcome Twig
for bandsaw boxes take a look at Stevemarins vidio of it

good luck when you have your Bs set up right you shuoldn´t have problems
but read the manuel once more so you know where the diffent things are
before you set it up
I know it can bee very tricky for people that hasn´t played around with engines etc before
speciel if you have a creative mind instead of a logic side
but don´t hesitate asking on the site there is many skilled people that knows how to teach
people these things

best thoughts and take care


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#9 posted 11-24-2010 11:32 PM

looking good keep us posted to updates, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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