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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Woodworking Books - The Perfect Edge by Ron Hock




The Perfect Edge
With 224 pages with over 400 photos, it could be the definitive Book on sharpening woodworking tools. The book includes a lengthy chapter on tool steel metallurgy, heat treatment, even rust, as well as a chapter on abrasives: what they are and which one does what best, along with how-to chapters on how to sharpen your favorite tools.
 About the Author
Ron Hock  has  been making high quality blades since 1981, he started out making knives to sell at  crafts fairs. One day the staff and students at James Krenov's Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg convinced him to re-tool to make plane irons for them. One blade led to another and another and it wasn't long before he was making only woodworking tools. Ron has a blog The Sharpening Blog Where you can find lots of detailed information about sharpening , and making blades.

"If, however, you don't own a book on sharpening, I think "The Perfect Edge" should be at the top of the list, if only for the fact that it covers the latest innovations in sharpening equipment and is written in a very breezy style that makes the technical information easy to digest."
-- Chris Schwarz  Woodworking Magazine Weblog

Youtube's Woodworking Videos: How to make a Kantele, by Michael J King

Heres a great woodworking video by Luthier Michael King, in which he shows us how to construct a simple to build and fun to play instrument called a Kantele. A Kantele would be a great first project for an aspiring luthier.



If you like this video you should visit Michaels site, where you can find plans and instructions for this and other instruments can be purchased from his site. There are plans for 5, 10, 12 and 15 string kanteles as well as a piccolo kantele and the template for an electric kantele.

Michael also provides a short five part guide to tunning and playing the Kantele.


The kantele is the Finnish version of an instrument known throughout the world as either a zither or lap harp. The kantele is basically a triangular shaped sound box with strings running across the top of the instrument. When the strings - usually tuned to a diatonic scale - are plucked, a kantele will produce ringing bell-like tones.  The Kantele is from a class of instruments known as "Baltic psalteries." They sound similar to a harp but because of the way in which it is built and the way in which the strings are attached, a compelling and unique sound is produced as it is played.