Ralph wrote today:
I just got back to bandsawing yesterday. I tried your recommendations which were the same as proposed by the (Manufacturer’s name deleted) people. I did change the blade from the carbide 1″ blade to a “regular” 1″ blade with 3 tpi. It worked. I ran the 10″ board through the table saw cutting a 3″ cut on each edge, so i only had to band saw 4″; but it worked. so next time I’ll try to cut the full thickness.
Thanks for your help. I think the major issue was the tensioning, so I’ll go back and try again with the carbide blade. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll know its the blade that was the problem. Again, thanks.
Many of you will remember Ralph was having trouble resawing some 12-inch wide hard curly maple. He had pretty much exhausted his possibilities, and wrote to me requesting help beyond what the band saw manufacturer suggested. The links to his original request, and a follow-up, are:
- Original request: Band Saw Adjustment: Question of the Day
- A follow-up: Band Saw Adjustment – A Follow-Up
My reply to Ralph’s update today was:
Your results are VERY interesting! I have to wonder why the carbide blade gave you so much trouble. Could it be the tooth pattern? I never use carbide blades, so I am not familiar with the kinds of problems they could cause. But I am certainly glad that it seems that tension seems to have been the culprit in this case. I look forward to hearing from you on any follow-up work you might do with the band saw, Ralph.
I will post all additional updates, as everyone can benefit from his experience. Thanks for sharing this with everyone, Ralph!