Published at Thursday, 27 December 2018. Industrial Machinery. By Alaine Mercier.
It is not recommended to do sculptural labor, round or unsubstantiated freehand cutting on the band saw without providing some kind of control below the labor. For example, round inventory at the point of contact is unsupported, which in turn can cause the inventory to start to spin and be pulled into the blade. I recommend that a V-block be used to support all round inventory to prevent this from happening.
It is also significant to know that the blade on a band saw will only cut on the front edge and not the sides or back. Since the sides and back have not at all teeth, wood that comes in contact with these parts of the blade will not be cut or pulled in any direction. Even if the sides or back of the blade do cause some kind of force to the inventory, it will be minimal and more than likely not cause any risk. This is where some confusion comes in with the guides. The guides do not act as guards. Remember, the guides retain in close proximity to the side and back of the blade, yet they leave the business side of the blade totally exposed.
Although it is not advisable to do sculptural labor on a band saw, there are deliberations that must be taken into account when doing this type of cut. It is significant to set your labor on the table to create the least amount of angle or “tip” between the inventory, the blade and the table. When cutting lumber that is “tilted” off the bench, the sustenance is gone and the blade will need to grab the lumber and slam it toward the bench.
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