Anyone can actually use the band saw provided that they know how to read the instructions manual and that they are capable of safely operating the machine. Given that you know the basics about handling the machine, with the tips below, you will be able to create amazing results whether you are converting the logs into lumber or cutting curves. These are the things that pro woodworkers are doing and have been practicing in their business.
The band saw comes in two different models, which is the benchtop and the floor model. But what makes these two models different?
You already know that band saws come in different prices and sizes, but all in all they pose the same kind of tool, which is a band of stainless steel with teeth in which it rotates on 2 wheels that passes through a table. The bearings and guides that are at the top and bottom of the blade will hold the component in position while it cuts. You only need to put a board on top of the table and push it on to the rotating blade.
The benchtop band saws provide portability rather than about cutting capacity. Because it is a lightweight machine, expect it to have some vibration, choices are even limited and the adjustments are quite finicky. Cutting a thick hardwood using this machine can push it beyond its cutting capacity, however it is not dangerous to do so. The benchtop 9 inches and 10 inches band saws are designed for light duty jobs.
What about the floor model types? Obviously, they come in heavy construction and has vibration-dampening components, significant blade guides, induction motors, tracking and tensioning systems plus a full range of blade options. This means that this particular machine model has a list of excellent features which you can’t find from the benchtop models. This is highly recommended for the avid woodworker, especially the ones that love to try their hands on resawing.
One of the few tricks that you get to know about using band saws is when you cut at the outside edge of its line. The cut of the band saw oftentimes leave the saw marks, which is why it is a good practice for you in allowing the extra material in smoothing its edge. Cutting the material’s outside edge of its line will lessen the amount of the material that you need to take out. But keep in mind that following the line edge of the material accurately takes quite a lot of practice. In order to master this particular technique, it is better to start now so that you can leave a little of wood to show between the saw kerf and the line. The band saw works really well with an oscillating spindle sander.
You will likely work with blades that has a lot of fine teeth. To maximize the uses of this blade, make it work with thin-walled materials like copper, aluminum and brass. Before you start on this process, make sure that the teeth of the blade are hardened. If it is the other way around, it will quickly turn dull.
Looking for an easy way in eliminating those irritating delays that are dealt by the offcuts? This is especially the case with those getting jammed right next to the blade at the throat plate of the saw. All you need to do is to cut a kerf with one piece of thin cardboard taken from a cereal box and then tape it up to the table.
There are also the relief cuts – you can cut a contoured profile the easier way if you start cutting into the line through the curves and then to its transition points.