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Tune Your Bandsaw

Tune Your Bandsaw 6 adjustments deliver professional results. By Mark Duginske I love bandsaws, even though they have a reputation as troublesome tools. I suppose that’s why I like them, because I enjoy investigating woodworking machinery. I’ve tinkered with dozens of 14″ bandsaws, trying to understand how they work and how they should be...

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AW Extra 3/27/14 – Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence

Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence By Jack Phillips I never throw anything away. Some day, I tell myself, the stuff in that neglected pile of junk will come in handy. I was right! I resurrected my old Craftsman tablesaw fence and turned it into a first-rate bandsaw fence. I needed a larger bandsaw table and a...

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AW Extra 2/13/14 – Bandsaw Jigs

Bandsaw Jigs By George Vandriska Your bandsaw is one of the most versatile tools in your shop. These five jigs and techniques will help you handle some unusual situations. Cutting Multiples Click any image to view a larger version. If you need to make a lot of identical parts using a template, a pattern...

Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires

Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires   Q: My bandsaw tires have a buildup of pitch and sawdust that seems to be embedded right into the rubber. What’s the best way to clean my tires? A: An excessive buildup of sawdust and pitch on your tires can lead to tracking problems, so it’s a...

Q & A: Sawing Aluminum

Q & A: Sawing Aluminum Q: Can I cut aluminum with my chop saw? A: Yes.Most carbide blades work fine for occasionally cutting aluminum, but we recommend using a special, non-ferrous metal-cutting blade (about $70) if you cut a lot of aluminum or brass. It’s safer to use than a standard blade because the...

AW Extra 7/18/13 – Bandsawn Tapered Legs

  Bandsawn Tapered Legs ?Tips and tricks to make your legs look better and the job go faster By Tom Caspar 1. Cut riftsawn legs The riftsawn section of a board makes the best-looking legs. Here, the growth rings run about 45 degrees to the surface. This makes all the leg’s faces look pleasingly...

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Do Power Tools Have Soul?

I don’t generally think of power tools in the same reverential, (perhaps) overly romanticized tones that come to mind when I consider hand tools. I can stare at my grandfather’s 8 oz. Kentucky Bluegrass claw hammer for hours daydreaming about what may have caused the nicks and wear. Or imagine the unknown maker who’s...