Bandsaws - Cutting foam & other stuff
- --- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, bnd9775@... wrote:
> Ed, What sort of blade did you use on the band saw for cutting foam?Bob-- Hmmm......... 1/2"wide 14 teeth per inch .025 thick. Guess I
should have mentioned that.
I use this blade for just about everything running at 3000 feet per
minute speed usually specified for wood. Exceptions are any steel,
aluminum over 3/16" and brass over 1/8", especially long cuts. For
those I use a lower speed. Another exception is resawing thick wood,
especially hardwood like oak where I use a 3 tooth per inch 3/4" wide
blade. I'm not sure how this one would work for foam; but I'm not
I should add a note on my approach to the band saw as a shop tool for
me and the kinds of work I do. I rate myself somewhere in the greater
middle with respect to competence in woodworking. These days I don't
do much furniture building other than occasional construction of
various types of shop storage, etc. We live in a small house. The
first 20 years of our marriage saw the house filled with a combination
of cheap couches, second hand and homemade furniture. As the "house
poor" years faded the "Ethan Allen" period began. As soon as Ethan
Allen infected a room all my old handiwork in that space was
essentially doomed. This is one reason why the resaw blade doesn't
live in the bandsaw.
The other reasons are that I'm a bit lazy to be changing blades all
the time; and the coarse tooth blade scares me a bit, even to this day.
I find that the reason why the bandsaw is the most used tool in my
shop is that it is ready to go for a large number of different jobs
without the hassle of blade changing. Perhaps I wear the blades out a
bit faster and sacrifice a bit of accuracy and cut quality especially
when the tooth set on the 14TPI blade wears down. That's OK for me.
It's ready to go anytime I want to cut plastic, cardboard, plywood,
rubber,foam, sheet aluminum and brass, fiberglass, rawhide dog bones,
kindling wood or whatever. Even my wife uses it. Setup the way I
have it works well for the wide variety of tasks that accompany a
serious model railroad hobby.
All of the above ought to be food for thought when you get your first
band saw and are tempted to load up an a dozen different blades each
with a special cutting task. I had several of those odd types up on a
high shelf in boxes still sealed after 25 years of use of my old 12"
Craftsman saw when I traded up to a 14" Delta. (good investment)
Ed Weldon Los Gatos, CA
- Thanks Ed.
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