Published at Wednesday, 26 December 2018. Industrial Machinery. By Alaine Mercier.
The band saw gets its name because the blade that cuts the inventory is a slim steel strip where the ends have been welded together to form a continuous band. It is usually not the first machine purchased by the home woodworker, but it can be one of the most useful machines in the store. Band saws are to create boards square and they can be wonderful instruments to help cut rough lumber to length and width before beginning the milling process.
An adaptable machine. The band‐saw can be used for linear cuts of course, but it's also handy for cutting cabriolet legs, dovetails, mortise and tenons and much more. I once toured a very huge convention cabinetmaking store and noticed that they had no band saws. When I requested the proprietor what his motive was for not taking one of these saws, he replied by saying, "Band saws are for curves". When we want to cut a curved streak we usage either a scroll saw or a saber saw. I was shocked to think that a multi-million dollar manufacturer of wooden products did not have one of the most valuable and adaptable instruments in the store. As a substance of detail, I have since toured many manufacture and home based shops that do not have band saws either. How can that be? I think the band saw is one of the most adaptable woodworking instruments.
They are sold in a diversity of magnitudes. I have heard over the years that the magnitude of a band saw is determined by the wheel diameter or the distance from the blade to the throat. This measurement is the limiting factor on how wide wood can be cut to the left of the blade. Most home-store band saws are 10″ to 14″ in magnitude. However, this measurement or magnitude limitation is only one part of the equation. The other deliberation when determining the magnitude of a band saw is the depth of cut it can create.
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