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9" or 10" bandsaw enough to cut bodies?

 
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tnt



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:03 pm    Post subject: 9" or 10" bandsaw enough to cut bodies? Reply with quote

Will a small table top band saw cut bodies? I realize 14" is ideal, and in fact have easy access to one that I use now, but I'd like to put something in my garage.

Knowing it won't have the height to re-saw and that the depth isn't ideal, will a Craftsman or Ryobi or Jet or something have enough stretch to cut hard wood like ash 1-3/4" thick?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use a 10" one, it would cut through bodies, slowly but it would do it. I ended up ordering a new blade for hardwoods and it was night and day different.

They're great for necks and fingerboards too
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heavy Air wrote:
I used to use a 10" one, it would cut through bodies, slowly but it would do it. I ended up ordering a new blade for hardwoods and it was night and day different.

They're great for necks and fingerboards too


Good to know - thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stay away from the 3 wheel models (look like a triangle.) My understanding is that it's nearly impossible to get the blade to track correctly.

If you're patient I would suggest waiting for the basic Delta 14" style to pop up on craigslist. They can be easily modified. A riser block kit, new blade, and a few wrench turns later and you'll be able to resaw larger pieces into book matched bodies.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

omapunk wrote:
Stay away from the 3 wheel models (look like a triangle.) My understanding is that it's nearly impossible to get the blade to track correctly.

If you're patient I would suggest waiting for the basic Delta 14" style to pop up on craigslist. They can be easily modified. A riser block kit, new blade, and a few wrench turns later and you'll be able to resaw larger pieces into book matched bodies.


Space is a bit of an issue - I can store the table top model out of the way till I need it - and I have access to a 14" Delta when I really need it.
But I'll keep hunting around for a bit I suppose.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check for availability of replacement blades before buying too.
I have a Ryobi type knockoff bandsaw that takes the same size blades as a Ryobi, and have to order blades online to fit it.
Lowes sells Ryobi, but does not stock replacement blades! WTF?
Ryobi takes 59 1/4" blades, not the standard 59 1/2" sold at most stores.
Maybe the bigger one would work too, but I never felt like blowing the money to find out.
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Sundaram



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut mine with a 10" craftsman from Sears. Wouldn't mind a larger one but it's been fine for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks all. Yeah, I think that's the way I'm gonna go. Have a little bench top drill press I picked up for nothing, and I'll get a little bench top band saw. All the heavy stuff I'll do in the shop I use now.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut bodies and necks for years on a 10" saw. In fact, I prefer it most of the time. The size/length of the blade is a big factor. 80" blades stay cooler, clog less and track better. I had a delta Homecraft 10" and made hundreds of necks on it. But it had the motor separate lik the larger saws and had a 79" blade. Would love to get another. I replaced it with a 14" Ridged that I eventually sold.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume that the smallest width blade possible is desirable for cutting bodies? I'm purchasing a Rikon 10-305

http://www.toolcenter.com/10-305.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtJzLBRC7ARIsAGMkOAlADMC0ixg2ybBAJb4ADwWyvCJ40ZSXngh9te9hHwhErZ3RRpw3JboaAuHMEALw_wcB

and it says that it'll take blades from 1/2 inch to 1/8 inch. I'll be starting out on Teles until I get procedure and technique down. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do almost all of my bandsaw work for necks and bodies with a 1/2 wide blade and coarse teeth. It follows most of the shape fine and for the tight stuff, I stay away from the line and use an oscillating sander to finish. IMHO, 1/4 blade has less control.

In a perfect world, we would all get the best tools but we have to make compromises. I would go with a cheaper bandsaw and invest in an oscillating sander ($100). But my very favorite tool of the moment is a Dewalt surface planer, which I just don't know how I went on all these years without one!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Old Black. I already have the (Rigid) oscillating sander and plan on using it "up to the line", then finish with templates and my router. I wish I still had my big DeWalt planer, but it was stolen out of my basement a few years back along with another $1500 in tools... Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI - picked up the Ryobi bench top for $129 at HD. Really like it so far. Haven't done anything thicker than 3/4" material yet, but it's been great for the bass neck I'm working on. Gonna get a finer tooth blade when I see one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check Amazon, TNT. There's quite a few blades available there at what seem like decent prices.
tnt wrote:
FYI - picked up the Ryobi bench top for $129 at HD. Really like it so far. Haven't done anything thicker than 3/4" material yet, but it's been great for the bass neck I'm working on. Gonna get a finer tooth blade when I see one.

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