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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Default Metal bandsaw for woodworking

I have a couple of projects I want to build that need things cut by a bandsaw and are really too large for me to do with a jig saw instead.

I am wondering if I went over to a friends welding shop would it be possible to use one of his bandsaws or are the blades and stuff just too different?

I know I would probably have to clean up the saw table to remove any lubricants that were used sawing metal, but just wondering if it is something I should even think of doing. I am not even sure if he has a stand alone vertical bandsaw or just the one that slowly comes down through the metal and is more or less horizontal

I really don't want to add a bandsaw to the collection and absolutely don't have room for one at the present time. Will barely have room for me once the new table saw ever gets the part in, repaired and set up.
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Three things come to mind:

1) Metal cutting blades do not have the same tooth geometry as wood cutting blades. You may need to change the blade.

2) Blade (wheel) speed. I don't have at my fingertips the desired linear speed of the blade for cutting wood. It is probably something that could be found in the manual for a similarly sized Jet or Delta or whatever brand bandsaw. Adjust the metal cutting saw as closely as possible.

3) I have access to a machine shop for occasional use. They have a nice large vertical metal cutting bandsaw and other metal working tools. However they have a very strong bias against running any wood through them simply because it has the potential for leaving behind sawdust. The story I was given is that in the past they did allow it but the sawdust built up too much, mixed with the cutting oil in some cases making a putty. And in one extreme case on a stationary beltsander, the sawdust caught fire due to sparking.

So, blade, speed and clean up before AND after.
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Thank you. Those are enough reasons for me to decide to not ask if I can use his bandsaw. Will check around and see if any of the others in the old neighborhood have a bandsaw. Or might try and do the jig saw as a scroll saw build I saw in a shopsmith magazine.

I really want to be able to make a nice, heavy duty stool and the plans for the one I think looks more stable calls for a couple of curves in the legs instead of using dowels or other rounded leg material.
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