The Brits love a bandsaw. Or rather they’re not all that fond of table saws (a much longer post…). But because of their love of bandsaws they use them. Not like we do here in the states. A bandsaw can sit in the corner of our shop waiting to cut a curve for much too long a time. Sad, lonely bandsaw! Wait, he’s coming over! Oh, cutting kindling so it’ll fit in the fireplace… sad face!
I think it’s time to show the bandsaw some love. After all, it is a fairly remarkable and capable machine. Cut curves or straight lines with a thinner kerf than the table saw. Compound curves? You bet! If you’re going to resaw, you’re headed to the bandsaw. And speaking of … what other tool in your shop has a 10″ (at minimum) capacity cut? Do joinery, make amazing bandsawn boxes (the holidays are just around the corner!) and the heck with kindling, cut logs to size on any decent bandsaw with little effort!
So this Thanksgiving, after you’re stuffed with Turkey and before you head to the couch to watch football, wander out into the shop and dust off your bandsaw. Let it know you haven’t forgotten it, and that you’re thankful it’s a part of your shop. Then take a second to think of some fun tasks the two of you can share … need some inspiration? Check out our Advanced Bandsaw Techniques video series (Thank you, Rikon!) for a taste of what your bandsaw can do.
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