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  • Q & A: Bandsaws for Cutting Metal and Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    Bandsaws for Cutting Metal and Wood Q: I plan to buy a bandsaw, and I’d like one that can cut metal as well as wood. I’ve seen some two-speed bandsaws advertised. How well do they work to cut metal? A: The slow speed on most two-speed bandsaws...
  • AW Extra 3/27/14 - Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence By Jack Phillips I never throw anything away. Some day, I tell myself, the stuff in that neglected pile of junk will come in handy. I was right! I resurrected my old Craftsman tablesaw fence and turned it into a first-rate bandsaw...
  • Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 2, 2013
    Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires Q: My bandsaw tires have a buildup of pitch and sawdust that seems to be embedded right into the rubber. What’s the best way to clean my tires? A: An excessive buildup of sawdust and pitch on your tires can lead to...
  • Q & A: Sawing Aluminum

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 3, 2013
    Q & A: Sawing Aluminum Q: Can I cut aluminum with my chop saw? A: Yes.Most carbide blades work fine for occasionally cutting aluminum, but we recommend using a special, non-ferrous metal-cutting blade (about $70) if you cut a lot of aluminum or brass...
  • Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades Q: I once saw someone fold a bandsaw blade for easier storage— how was that done? A: Folding a bandsaw blade can be a bit intimidating when you first attempt it. Armed with sharp teeth and a spring-like tension...
  • Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Bandsaw Tire True-Up Q: How can I fix a bandsaw tire with irregularities that bump the blade? I’m getting a lot of side-to-side movement with the blade. A: Truing the hard rubber tire that goes around the rim of each bandsaw wheel should solve your...
  • Simple Lumber Maker

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    I've turned my bandsaw into a mini sawmill with the help of one dirt-simple jig and a pair of extension tables. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood screwed to the log. It steadies the log when I cut the first slab and provides additional...
  • Bandsaw Table Lock

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    Before I installed this device, I couldn't lock my bandsaw's table securely enough for resawing. If I banged a heavy board on the outboard side, the table would always tip out of adjustment. Now the table stays fixed at 90 degrees. After removing...
  • Speedy Blade Tensioning

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    Changing bandsaw blades used to be a pain, because my bandsaw doesn't have a quick-release blade-tensioning mechanism. I finally got tired of ­ hand-cranking, so I replaced the tensioning rod with a 3/8-in. threaded rod. I locked two nuts against...
  • Bandsaw Offcut Tray

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    While sweeping up offcuts from around my bandsaw, I realized two things: First, I hate sweeping. Second, a dustpan-shaped tray attached to the bandsaw would catch most of the offcuts I was sweeping. I made my tray from scraps of 1/2-in. plywood and 1...
  • Dust-Free Bandsaw

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    I replaced my bandsaw's wimpy 1-1/2-in. dust-collection port with a shop-made shroud that makes bandsawing virtually dust-free. The secret: My shroud's intake port is much larger (see photo below and exploded view ). Another great feature is that...
  • AW Extra 4/19/12 - Bandsawing Inside Curves

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Bandsawing Inside Curves This is a useful trick when bandsawing inside curves. It requires no marking and no special jig. First I cut a shallow slot in a piece of scrap and attach it to the bandsaw fence, as shown. The radius of the cut, “R,”...