This blog is about how to use a bandsaw for beginners. Table saw gives you right-angled cuts. A bandsaw can add curved cuts, as well as resigned, and even safer ripping than you can do on a table. So, let’s discuss the saw itself first and just understand how it works.
How To Use a Bandsaw For Beginners?
Basically, the bandsaw is just what it sounds like. It’s a big looping sawblade that’s passing along these two wheels, and so it’s spinning around the blade is working down into the table, all the cutting happens down into the table making it very safe, there’s no possibility of a kickback as there is on the table, there are a couple of settings you need to have set up before you can use the bandsaw.
For instance, you have to have proper tension on the blade. And you also have to set these guide bearings so that they control the lateral side to side or the ladder and lateral and backward movement on the blade. So once those are set up, and that’s different on every machine, then you’re ready to saw.
One of the main things you do have to adjust before you make any cut though is the height of the blade guard. So, the blade guard can move up and down and it covers or exposes a length of blade depending on how thick of a piece of wood you’re cutting. So, if we’re cutting a piece such as this one, you’d want to get the blade all the way down as far as possible.
Without making contact, you want these bearings to be able to freely move, you get it very close, and then lock it in place. What this does is it will limit the amount of deflection that can happen and so it gives you a better quality of cut, and the accuracy will be much better. Plus, it’s safer, and less blade exposed.
The number of cuts you can make on the bandsaw from ranging from curved cuts to resign, which is basically tall ripping of wood. And in order to do those various types of cuts, you have to decide beforehand what type of cut you’re doing in which blade you’re going to put on the saw. So, if you’re doing a curved cut of any kind, you’re gonna want to figure out the maximum radius that it has and find the right blade.
Essentially the center of the blade that you put on the narrower the blade, and the tighter radius a cut you can do. So if I’m doing very tight groups, I’ll put on this quarter-inch blade. If I’m doing resizing, which is cutting through the wood vertically like this, you’re going to want a very wide blade, it’s going to need to be as stable as possible. So at least three-quarters of an inch wide, possibly one inch wide to do that kind of work.
Now for general cutting, I keep a half-inch blade on the bandsaw all the time just for doing general way of being and cross-cutting and some light curved pieces that work just fine. If we were making a template out of this, one of the things I would do is cut slightly outside the line and then sand down to make it perfect.
Whenever you start a cut, you don’t want to be making contact with the saw when you turn it on but I’ll turn this on, and then I’ll slowly feed this into the blade and try and I’m going to try and eyeball and just follow this line by steering the wood from behind as you’re pushing it through it’s pretty intuitive. Alright, turn on the saw Okay, pretty fast cut that my curved cutting out. So if I wanted to use this for a template, I could bring it over to the sander and do some final shaping, getting rid of any little bumps, and then I’d be all set.