Tell me you didn’t stop to read this entry thinking there might be some YouTube video on how to cut lasagna (actually there is a video, but it’s not worth the trip to view it). Or did you expect to see a guy take a slab of frozen lasagna and divvy it up via a few cuts at a band saw. No, it’s not that at all. Well, not entirely.
Press releases are delivered to us almost daily. Most are worthy of reading; a few are not. Late last week a release came through that caught my attention. It was PR from Forrest Manufacturing; makers of Woodworker I and Woodworker II saw blades.
The release discusses the company’s ability to design and make custom saw blades , that’s something most high-volume competitors cannot do. Forrest can work in lots as small as a single blade. That’s nice to know if you ever have a need for a special blade made and although you may think that doesn’t happen, I can attest to purchasing a custom-made set of router bits. Could a custom saw blade be far behind?
Examples of Forrest’s design capabilities are blades made to cut plastic extrusions, solid rocket fuel while under water, paint brush bristles and a 20″- diameter, 20-tooth saw blade that was designed to cut 6″-thick, gummy material similar to automotive bumpers , it’s referred to as an “ugly blade” by vice president, Jay Forrest.
And, as you might expect from the title of this entry, Forrest has designed and created a saw blade to cut lasagna. (Finally, there’s the connection.) “It was similar to designing for a plastics extrusion line,” explains Jay Forrest. “The lasagna has to be cut to the length of the package it’s put in.”
I was so hoping a photo could be pulled from the company archives. No luck. The closest I could get was a photo of a Forrest Thin Rim blade. The actual lasagna blade was a version of this design.
While I don’t remember any food-related product being cut in my shop, I do remember countless times that turkeys and hams were trimmed on Dad’s band saw. If the bird is frozen, the cut is near perfect.
So what (other than wood) have you cut on your woodworking machines? No appendages, please.
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