Resaw Blades

  • March 19, 2015 7:21 PM
    Message # 3259069

     

    I just purchased some 8/4 African Mahogany and need to resaw some of the boards. Woodcraft has a sale on thin kerf 1/2" silicon steel bandsaw blades by Timber Wolf. Since I own a vintage 80" craftsman w/ 1/2 hp motor the thin kerf sounds like it makes sense. Not sure about the silicon instead of carbon steel or whether I should get 4 tpi or 3 tpi both positive claw?

     

    Any help is appreciated.

    ....Mike (newbee) 

  • March 23, 2015 9:48 AM
    Reply # 3262518 on 3259069
    Anonymous

    Many of us have been very happy with the Woodslicer resaw blasde from Highland Woodworking (on-line). I replaced a Timber Wolf that was cutting rather roughly with the Woodslicer; it's an amazing difference, and it's competitively priced.

    As to tooth spacing, all depends on the thickness of the wood you expect to work with. You want at least 2 teeth in the wood at all times, so the 3-tpi blade is good for anything 1" or greater thickness. If you expect to resaw thinner stock or a lot of 1", I'd go for the 4 tpi blade.

  • April 07, 2015 8:39 PM
    Reply # 3285921 on 3259069

    Don,

     

    Thanks for the feedback. I got the bandsaw blades at Woodcraft and all I can say is a new blade cuts clean.

    ...Mike

  • April 12, 2015 8:45 PM
    Reply # 3295696 on 3259069
    Anonymous

    I also like the Highland Woodworking resaw blades.  I use a 3/4" blade and it is very good. I have used it on 12" chestnut with no problem.  It is also worth taking some care in setting the guides and tension to get the best results.  I  find mahogany pretty nice to resaw, no funky twists or unforgiving grain.

    Dominic

  • April 29, 2015 8:31 PM
    Reply # 3322142 on 3259069

    So after I've had my father-in-laws old 12" bandsaw for 20+ years, I buy some 80" resaw blades to cut the 8/4 mahogany and a week later James Russell posts the email regarding the availability of some woodworking tools from a recently deceased 90 year old woodworker. After an hour drive and another hour of dismantling, I am now the proud owner of a 1938 vintage 16" Sears Bandsaw. I guess now I can take your advice about the Highland resaw blades.

    Anyways, I always knew the "old" 12" bandsaw was better suited for the narrow blades. Now I have an excuse to have a real resaw machine, just have to figure out a place to put it?

    I am sure glad I joined the guild, just not sure my wife agrees with that sentiment.


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