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How to make an uneven bandsaw worktable even?

The worktable on my bandsaw is not flat. It's die cast aluminum. I should have returned it when it was still under warranty, but I didn't use it a lot and didn't really realize there was a problem ...
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Should a bandsaw blade lie flat on a table or bench top?

I bought a used 10 inch bandsaw and it came with several blades. When I was putting a different one on I noticed it was twisted. I just took it off and put it on a table top. It didn't lie flat. ...
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Can coiling a bandsaw blade permanently twist it?

I bought a used 10 inch bandsaw and it came with several blades. All the spare blades came coiled. I just put on the 1/4 inch one and it has a twist in it. Looking at some howtos, coiling a blade ...
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Why would my pulleys not move when I turn the blade wheel of my bandsaw by hand?

Recently purchased a craftsman tilt head 2 speed bandsaw and when I turn the top blade wheel by hand, the pulleys don’t move. However, when I turn the pulleys by hand, the blade wheels move. Could ...
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Why won't my my band saw's blade move?

I recently purchased a used 12” Craftsman tilt head 2 speed band saw on Craigslist. It worked when I tested it at the previous owner’s place, but when I set it up at home and turned it on. The blade ...
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How to trace a piece of wood with curved edges

I have a metal bench (like a park bench) with wood around the edges, but the wood is extremely worn and I would like to replace it. Because the top and bottom of the bench is curved, I am going to try ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

I'm working on a project which includes a copper bushing (made of 3/8" OD copper tubing--the walls of which are somewhere around 1/16"), and am considering how to batch out these parts. The ...
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Upgrading Central Machinery 9" Bandsaw [closed]

I currently own a Central Machinery (Harbor Freight) 9" Benchtop Bandsaw. I would like to upgrade the cooling blocks on it but I am unsure which ones will fit. I tried searching for a central ...
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Flottjetb bandsaw attachments

I recently bought a Flottjett band saw, it looks like this one. It has a nice solid table with channels. They are 16mm wide and about 5mm deep, and now I am looking for parts like a miter gauge, or at ...
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How do I troubleshoot a bandsaw cut?

I recently bought and set up my first ever bandsaw, a Laguna 14/12. While I understand that bandsaws make rougher cuts than, say, a table saw, my new saw is leaving quite a rough surface given the ...
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How to keep bandsaw blade from bending

I've got a solid old Craftsman 12" bandsaw and it works great for most things. But I've been trying to use it to mill small logs into boards and having a really hard time making a straight cut, ...
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What size is the T-track for Metabo Bs 0633 bandsaw table?

Problem: I recently bought a used Metabo Bs 0633 bandsaw but cannot find any marketed t-track attachment for the t-tracks running parallel to the blade. Question: What is the name or sizing category ...
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What is the advantage of a larger bandsaw if the depth of cut is the same?

I'm looking to buy a bandsaw and am puzzled by the depth of cut issue. For instance, I can get a used 10 inch or 12 inch model, but they both have a 6" depth of cut. If I wanted to saw logs into ...
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Bandsaw blade keeps drifting and slipping

I just purchased a Rikon 10-inch bandsaw. The blade keeps slipping. I have still to plug the machine if the blade would stay on the wheel. I follow the following steps: I lock the tension lever. ...
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Should the smooth side or the rough side of a urethane bandsaw tire go against the wheel?

I am replacing bandsaw tires. I bought urethane replacement tires. There is a smooth side and a rough side. The manufacturers directions are clear on every step except for this point. The old tires ...
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Can a large bandsaw side table be useful for rip cuts?

I want to make furniture. Therefore, whether I'm cutting a roughly cut piece of plywood or cutting a "solid wood" piece made from a gluing up smaller boards, I will certainly need to make wood panels ...
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Bandsaw guides: Blocks vs. Roller bearings

Some bandsaws, mine included, have guide blocks to help prevent the blade from deflecting. Guide blocks look like this: Image credit: Rockler Other bandsaws use roller bearings instead. They look ...
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Setup bandsaw for straight cut [duplicate]

I recently started to work with the bandsaw. the problem is the cutting line moves/bends after 2-3 inches. what is the problem and please help to fix that ?!
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Bandsaw blade comes off no matter what

I recently got a Grizzly g0555lx band saw. The tires are basically new, the blades I have are new but for some reason the blade slips off either to the back or the front of the wheel. I rotate top ...
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Does a bandsaw up 18 inches tall or smaller exist?

I have a really, really small work space and I would like a bandsaw and I'm looking for something as small as possible. Even the Proxxon MBS 240 is a bit too large for my space. Do I even have a ...
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Why do band saws feed left-to-right?

Is there an advantage or reason for them to feed in the opposite direction to jointers, router tables, and spindle sanders?
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Quality Band Saw Blades [closed]

I don't know if anyone on here watches Steve Ramsey's Youtube channel, "Woodworking For Mere Mortals", but I saw an episode on there where he made a heart-shaped band saw box out of purple heart wood ...
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Rocking horse without a band/scroll saw or belt sander

Is there any way to create a simple rocking horse without a band saw or scroll saw or belt sander, and not spending days whittling/hand-sawing rough pieces? I have a miter saw, table saw, drill press,...
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Are the wheels of a bandsaw exactly the nominal diameter?

I recently bought a used bandsaw from a neighbor (AMT 14" model 4113). It needs new tires, but when I went to measure their width/thickness, I discovered that the wheels are only 13 3/4" in ...
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Upgrading a cheap bandsaw table?

My journey into woodworking started with the purchase of a very cheap ALDI own-brand WorkZone bandsaw. I'll include a picture at the end. It's functionally not that bad but they had to cut corners to ...
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How to remove a blade safely from a bandsaw?

It is the time that I need to remove the blade since it is dull now, is there any tip or trick to remove the bandsaw blade safely? I use a WEN 14' type model.
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Bandsaw GFCI tripping

I have an old 1950s bandsaw (Beaver 2300) that has been refitted with a new motor. It runs fine. But now that I am using a power bar with a built in GFCI, the GFCI trips under heavy load. When I ...
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How can I flatten the top of a 12" natural log in place?

The logs are natural logs with uneven features since they are natural hand hewn. They were supposed to be flattened at the mill but that did not happen. I tried a 4 1/2" planner but I need to take off ...
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Why does my bandsaw blade track towards the front of the wheel?

After adjusting my bandsaw wheels for coplanarity, my blade will not track towards the center of the wheel. Instead, it creeps towards the front of the wheel. Tilting the top wheel does walk it back a ...
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Bandsaw Motor Upgrade Horse Power

I am buying a 1950s Beaver 2300 12"inch bandsaw. It was originally made to be used with a 1/3 to 1/2 hp motor. The bandsaw has a semi-steel cast frame (which I believe is somewhere between cast ...
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Safety - Cutting multiple pieces at the same time

I'm barely a novice carpenter, in fact all the wood work that I do is for my college's technical theater program, but I'm handy with saws, and other power tools. I've been told by many people I work ...
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Should I resaw before or after gluing up thin panels?

I want to make some thin (1/4-3/8") panels out of hardwood rather than plywood. My panels will be up to 8" wide, so I may need to glue up two or three boards to get the width I need. I'm starting off ...
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Band saw blade replacement

I am so new to band saws and I want to have a back up for my Ryobi band saw. It uses 62" blades and that Part I get good. When buying they all say something like 62" X 1/8 or 3/8" X 6/14 TPI. The main ...
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How to remove the upper wheel of a bandsaw?

I am in the process of restoring an old 14" bandsaw. I would like to disassemble it as much as possible and clean each part and remove as much saw dust and rust as I can. My first major step is to ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA? [closed]

Where a tool (or any product) is manufactured can be a bit broad, so hopefully this isn't off-topic, but are any of the big woodshop tools (table saw, jointer, band saw, etc) made in the US? Let's not ...
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How big or powerful does a bandsaw have to be to resaw?

What is the minimum power and size (and/or other considerations) I can get to do resawing? I am thinking the pieces would be big as a piece of firewood. I guess it could be a little bigger. I don't ...
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Can I use a band saw to make a cutting board?

I don't really want a table saw because I think I could use the bandsaw/band saw for more things like resawing and curves. Is it feasible to use a bandsaw for a cutting board (and kind, on grain, ...
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Can I cut homemade plywood on a bandsaw?

Hey guys so this might be a stupid question but I am just a beginner, but can I cut wood veneer on a band saw. I glued 5 sheets of wood veneer together to make it thicker and stronger, but it ...
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Bandsawing a small log - how to keep the log on the bandsaw table?

I was trying to saw a small log (5" diameter) on a bandsaw, but was having a very difficult time keeping it flush on the table due to the irregularities in the log. This question is different than "...
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Is there a collection of good reference signage for saw blade types? [duplicate]

I participate and organize within a makerspace. Though I read up on woodworking and have some familiarity, I don't always remember details myself as woodworking isn't my main focus. This seems to be ...
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What's the best way to neatly cut a wooden cube in half, removing little material?

I'm in the process of making some wooden block tubing clamps, a bit like these or the one at the bottom of this page. The blocks are fine, the leather hinge is all sorted and I'm not worried about ...
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Flattening a board using a jointer and a bandsaw

I have some rough-sawn lumber and would like to make it flat and square. I don't have a planer yet so I was wondering if I can do it using a jointer and a bandsaw only? I've got the following types/...
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What are the advantages of band-saws with multiple speeds?

I'm currently thinking about buying a band-saw. While searching in my price range, I found that some models offer a single speed, others 2 and some even 3 speeds. I'm fairly new to band-saws and I ...
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What is the normal end-of-life for a bandsaw blade?

I suppose there are two alternatives for the death of a bandsaw blade: The blade breaks. The teeth get noticeably dull and the blade is discarded. I have never experienced scenario #2 but I've ...
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What's a good way to cut a board parallel to its face?

I have some thick boards that I'd like to make thinner. Generally I would thickness plane the board, but in this case I'd like to reduce the thickness of the board by about half (e.g. from 2" thick ...
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Why a zero clearance insert?

I sometimes see woodworkers talking about a zero-clearance insert for their table- or band-saws. What is it? And why/when should I use one?
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What can I do to eliminate drift when cutting with my bandsaw?

I recently purchased my first Band saw and am loving its versatility for making curved cuts even in thick wood. However, when it comes to situations where I need a precisely straight line, for example ...
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How can I store my bandsaw blades?

After I swap out my bandsaw blade for another, I'm left with a large hoop of sharp serrated metal. How can I store this safely.
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My band saw blade consistently slips off. What are some common causes of this?

I have an older Craftsman band saw that is very difficult to get the blade back in place and it tends to toss the blade often. It makes it annoying to use the tool. I'm wondering if there is a ...
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