Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades

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, the blade
deserves respect. At the same time it’s
an easy trick for entertaining your
non-woodworking friends!

Be sure to wear leather gloves and
eye-protection. Stand behind the
open blade with the teeth pointing
away from you. With one foot, gently
step on the blade just enough to
keep it secure to the floor (if your floor is cement, use a piece of plywood
to protect the blade). With the palms
of your hands facing away from you,
grasp the back of the blade at two
and ten o’clock. Your thumbs should
be pointed away from you (Photo 1).
With a firm hold on the blade, roll
your wrists inward so your thumbs
end up pointing toward each other
(Photo 2). At this point you will feel
the resistance in the blade give way.
Gently push the folding blade toward
the floor as you lift your foot off the
blade (Photo 3).

It may feel awkward at first but
after a few tries you’ll be folding blades
with the best of them.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker August 1999, issue #74.

August 1999, issue #74

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