Woodworking Videos - Choosing a Bandsaw Blade



Heres a short You tube woodworking video by Laguna Tools, with advice on choosing blades for their bandsaws. Bandsaws only work their best when outfitted with the proper tooling and the best blades. The information contained in the video holds good whatever your bandsaw type. The Video covers a wide variety of blades. Using the proper bandsaw blade will help increase your cut accuracy and speed up your work.

• For resawing wood, the blade should be as wide as the machine will allow. The wider the band is, the straighter the cut will be. Fewer teeth per inch faster feeding can be achieved, but poorer finish. More teeth slower cut but smoother finish.
• For contour sawing , the blade should be as wide as the machine allows, but still narrow enough so that it can cut the desired shape (radius), Approximate minimum dimensions for different cutting radii are shown in the table below. Yet again Fewer teeth faster feeding can be achieved, but poorer finish. More teeth slower cut but smoother finish. When cutting long smooth arcs a wider blade will follow the curve more smoothly
 • When selecting blade  teeth per inch (TPI), you should  have between 3 and 12 teeth in the workpiece when cutting. To few teeth in the work you loose control, too many and the cut rate will be very slow.

The video also talks about the excellent Laguna  Resaw King blades. Long life and ultra-smooth cutting life makes this an easy choice if your doing a lot of resawing over conventional blades.

Table of Bandsaw Blade Width forr Minimum Cutting Radius
Blade Width           Minimum Radius of Cut (approximate)
1"7"
3/4"
5 1/2"
1/2"2 1/2""
1/4"
5/8"
1/8"3/16"



To find a great range of blades for your bandsaw check out Rockler. com

When choosing your band saw blades always follow your saws manufacturers instructions!

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