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Q & A: Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw

  Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw   Q: I’ve heard of a technique called friction-cutting that allows you to cut steel on a woodworking bandsaw. What is friction-cutting and does it really work?   A: Friction-cutting is used in industry for cutting iron-base metals, also called ferrous metals, such as steel....

Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade

Q: I use my jointer to clean up sawn edges before glue-up. The results are great except when I try to joint figured wood. Any suggestions? A: Jointing highly figured wood often leaves nasty tear-out. It’s times like these that a tablesaw and a specialized blade called a glue-line rip blade...

AW Extra 1/30/14 – Blade Alignment

Blade Alignment I made this rig to check the alignment of my tablesaw blade with the miter gauge slot. I don’t own a precision dial indicator, so I devised one using an ice pick and a continuity tester. First, I slid the ice pick forward until it just touched the blade....