Preparing Your Band

Youll find that a few extra minutes of fidgeting with your band saw will mean the difference between a fair cut and a great cut. Here arc a few tips for when your saw ism cutting as smoothly as you know it can.

♦ Clean the tires. Bumpy tires will give you bumpy cuts. Spin the wheel a few times, applying even pressure on the tire with an old piece of 120-gric sandpaper. This will remove the "crumbs" that get pressed into the tire.

Then wipe it dean with a rag (Photo

• Make sure the table is square with the hladc and the fence (Photo 3-3).

• Reset the cool blocks and bearing each time you raise or lower die guide.

Photo 3-1 Your box will look a bit rough when you cut the outer shape, but fear not! The best is ra to comc.

Photo 3-2 Clean band saw tire* will improve the quality of your cuts.

Photo 3-2 Clean band saw tire* will improve the quality of your cuts.

Photo 3'3 DouMe-cheddng for squareness now will save you Photo 3-4 A clean, lubricated blade offers less resistance when problems later. making thick cuts. 'Iliis rcduccs the chance of the blade bowing while you cut.


There usually is a small amount of play in the guide when you raise or lower and retighten it. This often causes a slight skew in your previous block or bearing adjustments. Thus, readjust them to keep them as close as you can to the blade without altering the blade path.

• Always keep your guide down as close to your work as possible.

• Use a sharp, dean blade. Good blades are elusive, so I've listed some blade sources in the appendix. A blade lubricant keeps the teeth dean a little longer. 1 regularly brush my teeth with an old toothbrush even it diere's only a little buildup on them, but then I'm finicky about blade hygiene (Photo 3-4).

• Test the tension. Your tension guide is a start, but all blades arc a little different. Practice on a piece of scrap before cutting into your project.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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