Published at Thursday, November 22nd 2018. by Adriene Michel in Industrial Machinery.
Receive the drift: Setup tips
If you've tried cutting a linear line on your band saw, you perhaps noticed that your substantial has to be fed at an angle to the blade. This is called “blade drift.”Any re-saw
talent that uses a barrier requires finding with working
with this drift angle. Meaning differs from blade to blade, so track this simple arrangement procedure every period you change blades.
Logs to lumber: Cutting tips
If your firewood mound puts apparitions of potential projects into your head, use re-sawing to turn those logs into boards. You can cut logs when they're wet or dry, but they'll
be simple to cut when wet. Either way, you'll have to dry
the lumber all the way before you use it for a project (see
“Drying Wood,” below).
The width of the logs you cut is restricted through the ability of your saw: 6 in. on most 14-in. saws. If you need to cut larger stuff, understand if the manufacturer of your saw creates a riser kit. It can increase the capability of
your saw by another 6 in.
A larger bench on your saw is nearly a must when treatment logs. It's nearly impossible to cut a linear line without one. You'll also want a sledge to hold onto the log plus prevent it from progressing while you cut (Fig. A). Once you use the sled, you'll love the stability it gives you for these difficult cuts. Green logs measuring 11 in. in diameter as-well as 36-in. long are about at the top end of what you can safely handle.
Remember one thing: When it comes to drying, slower is better.
Before cutting the log, paint the end grain. This seals it also slows down the drying process so you don't receive lots of cracking. I use whatever extra paint I have around the house, though for green wood, latex is best. If the bark stays on the planks you cut, leave it on. Like painting the ends,
the bark slows down drying. Stack the planks where air can flow over them, but not in direct sun. Place a pair labels (1x2s) among each board so the air can change easily around the wood. Be patient. Air drying can take as long as one year per inch of thickness. Track first drying by a year of storing indoor so the boards equilibrate to indoor moisture levels. With little planks, use the weighing talent to monitor drying. Evaluate the boards after you cut them along with use chalk or a marker to record the weightiness on the wood. Weigh them again every few months. When the weight stops changing, moisture is gone from the wood. Moisture meters are, of course, the most accurate way to gauge the moisture contented.
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