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Can I use a band saw to make a cutting board?

A Bandsaw will certainly cut the wood, but the edges will require additional work since the cut will have more surface striations and the overall surface would be less flat where the table saw cut ...
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How do I troubleshoot a bandsaw cut?

A couple of thoughts: bandsaws do not cut clean like table saws. If you google for images of band sawed wood there is a texture from the cut. Assuming correct tension (which also helps clean cuts), ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

Would cutting the copper tubing be likely to damage the blade I doubt it since copper is one of the softest metals going, and bandsaw blades of spring-temper steel are already regularly used to saw ...
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How big or powerful does a bandsaw have to be to resaw?

The limit in size you can resaw width and height-wise is established by what size wood can fit through the exposed blade area of the bandsaw, so measure the distance between the blade and the support ...
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Upgrading a cheap bandsaw table?

That table looks like stamped sheetmetal with very little supporting structure underneath. Take a look underneath the table, see if it's possible to fill the empty space with wood to reinforce the ...
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Safety - Cutting multiple pieces at the same time

There are a couple main (safety) concerns with this: the pieces moving while cutting and the offcuts getting caught in the blade. Pieces moving while cutting This is not so much an issue with safety ...
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Bandsaw guides: Blocks vs. Roller bearings

Factory bearings in any but high end band saws are generally not the best. Guide blocks made from plastic are not very good either. Good, aftermarket bearings, such as the ones from Carter are very ...
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Why does my bandsaw blade track towards the front of the wheel?

Watching the carter band saw tips and tricks video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU) Alex Snodgrass states co-planer is not what you want. Instead the top wheel and bottom wheel should be ...
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Should I resaw before or after gluing up thin panels?

I would resaw first. An 8" resaw is going to take lots of skill and luck to achieve. If the 8" board is only slightly out of plumb (an issue of skill) at any point during the cut, you will very ...
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How to trace a piece of wood with curved edges

I've seen a couple/few complex hacks over the years for doing this that, and while some are very interesting TBH they're just not worth the effort. So, great tip for this I've seen used by some when ...
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Why won't my my band saw's blade move?

I can't say exactly what's wrong with your saw, as I don't think we have enough information, but perhaps I can help you help yourself... Bandsaws are pretty simple: a motor turns a pulley, which ...
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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. You're missing one or both of the keys that lock the pulleys to their ...
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How to remove a blade safely from a bandsaw?

grab a set of gloves and eye protection and put them on. unplug the bandsaw open the enclosure and remove the blade insert in the table. Make sure the slot in the table is clear and ready for the ...
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Can I use a band saw to make a cutting board?

I've done that: duplicate an old pig-shaped board with a fresh scrap of hardwood. Trace the outline, cut out with a bandsaw, finish up the curves with files, and then use a router table to round over ...
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Can I use a band saw to make a cutting board?

A bandsaw would be more that adequate for this job. In fact it would almost be required it you intended to make a cutting board that was shaped different than a standard rectangle. However it likely ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA?

Shopsmith (http://www.shopsmith.com/) is one that comes to mind. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/tools.html#Woodworking may have others.
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Bandsaw Motor Upgrade Horse Power

The issue is not HP, but RPM. As long as the motor spins at the manufactures recommended RPM, and you didn't change the gear or pulley that drives the lower wheel, it will spin at the same RPM as ...
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What size is the T-track for Metabo Bs 0633 bandsaw table?

This is not a type of T-track, but a solution I have found is to file off the top and square the edges of the top of a M8 carriage bolt. It fits well enough for clamping operations. It has more slop ...
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Does a bandsaw up 18 inches tall or smaller exist?

Do I even have a chance of finding a bandsaw that would not be taller than 18 inches (450 mm)? In the history of the world, it's very likely that someone produced a very small bandsaw at some point, ...
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Bandsaw blade comes off no matter what

I lock the tilt knob and turn the saw on and immediately the blade takes off, typically to the front, makes a horrible sound and kinks the brand new blade. If the blade comes off as soon as you start ...
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Upgrading a cheap bandsaw table?

Get yourself a nice piece of hardwood and make a new table. You can include a mitre slot and maybe make it a bit larger too. Looks like a nice little saw for 80 bucks. I imagine it's useful. You ...
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Band saw blade replacement

The main thing I get confused over is that middle number. If it says 1/8" or 3/8" etc. is that how wide the blade is? You are correct. The middle number is the width of the blade. Thinner blades are ...
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Flottjetb bandsaw attachments

Is 16mmx5mm such a unusual dimension for that? I believe so, yes. Unless you happen across any originals I think you'll struggle to find any accessories for this saw, but the good news is that you ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

The carbide tipped blade on my Skilsaw slices through ten penny nails like they were butter. I would consider using a radial arm or chop saw with such a blade.
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Should a bandsaw blade lie flat on a table or bench top?

Yes, Flat is better, but not %100 required. The wider the blade the more it can be bad. But 'Flat' is also relative. The biggest issue is how do they run once you put them on the saw under tension. ...
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Safety - Cutting multiple pieces at the same time

It really depends on the pieces and situation, but the risk in my experience ultimately comes from the falloff of the cut. I would never stack multiple pieces vertically on the miter saw, as the top ...
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Bandsaw GFCI tripping

This could indicate a shock hazard, so do be careful while you're diagnosing the problem. In particular, if the motor windings were leaking current to ground (the motor casing and by extension the saw ...
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Quality Band Saw Blades

For starters, your blade is too small. A 1/8" blade will have very high teeth per inch (TPI) and is intended primarily for finish work on small/thin pieces. It Taking a quick look at the video it ...
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Rocking horse without a band/scroll saw or belt sander

This shouldn't take days with hand tools. This is how I would approach it. For the convex side (bottom side) of the curved rockers, roughly cut the shape with a hand saw (or use the table saw if you ...
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