In June 2008 #169, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

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Save money and get better results by making your own blades.
By John Wilson
Pages: 62-65

From the June 2008 issue #169
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I was on the road teaching a woodworking course recently when my band saw blade broke. Not carrying a spare meant buying a replacement locally.

It had been 20 years since I began silver brazing my own band saw blades, and I had forgotten what a broken band saw blade means for woodworkers who don’t. First, there is the inconvenience of stopping operations while shopping for the blade. Second is the cost. Third is the disappointment in the poor quality of the weld on the band.

My store-bought blade got me through my immediate need, but it soon broke. All these factors are improved by making your own band saw blades.

What must be the best-kept secret in the band saw market is worth your time to learn. Dependence on pre-dimensioned blades can be a thing of the past. What you need to know and the tools you use and the materials to make your own are all readily available. No special machinery, no elaborate instruction, no obscure source of supply.

You can make up your own band saw blades in 10 minutes using nothing more than a propane torch and a holding jig. Buy the same band blade material you are currently using from the same supplier and you’ll save 50 percent to 70 percent. And you’ll get back to work doing what you came to do in the first place – working wood in your shop.

From the June 2008 issue #169
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