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  • Harry W. James
    Bolger dudes Another tool question. I recently inherited my father s old 14 delta band saw. It is cast iron and HEAVY, I remember it from as far back as the
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 29, 2001
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      Bolger dudes

      Another tool question. I recently inherited my father's old 14" delta
      band saw. It is cast iron and HEAVY, I remember it from as far back as
      the early 50's, I suspect it is older.
      I need a recommendation for a basic band saw book, care, feeding, set
      up
      and easy tricks.
      On this list or maybe in MAIB there was a mention in the last year or
      so
      of the best material to use for the blade guide blocks.
      Kudos, by the way to Portercable/Delta. They still have the parts list
      for this saw, and sell parts for it.

      HJ
    • cha62759@traverse.com
      Good Morning Harry, You could go to the Fine Woodworking website and search bandsaw . They have published a manual on the care and feeding of bandsaws and
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 29, 2001
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        Good Morning Harry,
        You could go to the "Fine Woodworking" website and search "bandsaw".
        They have published a manual on the care and feeding of bandsaws and
        have numerous articles about bandsaw technique. You can search the
        whole Taunton stable. I would also recommend this range of magazines
        for tool tests in general. These magazines get a little artsy
        sometimes but in general the writers know what they are writing about.
        I went to www.finewoodworking.com which isn't the website but will get
        you there.
        Bob Chamberland

        --- In bolger@y..., "Harry W. James" <welshman@p...> wrote:
        >
        > Bolger dudes
        >
        > Another tool question. I recently inherited my father's old 14"
        delta
        > band saw. It is cast iron and HEAVY, I remember it from as far back
        as
        > the early 50's, I suspect it is older.
        > I need a recommendation for a basic band saw book, care, feeding,
        set
        > up
        > and easy tricks.
        > On this list or maybe in MAIB there was a mention in the last year
        or
        > so
        > of the best material to use for the blade guide blocks.
        > Kudos, by the way to Portercable/Delta. They still have the parts
        list
        > for this saw, and sell parts for it.
        >
        > HJ
      • thomas dalzell
        How about Lignum Vitae? or other hard wood, melt on a little beeswax. There are also the ubiquitous cool blocks that a lot of stores sell. They haven t worn
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 1, 2001
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          How about Lignum Vitae? or other hard wood, melt on a
          little beeswax. There are also the ubiquitous cool
          blocks that a lot of stores sell. They haven't worn
          very well for me. They set back to the point where
          they aren't in hard contact, and then they last there
          for ever, which isn't very useful. There are the
          metal blocks with ball bearings mounted in them, and
          there are the Carter super-guides (they have a web
          site out there). I have the latter on my Laguna, and
          they work great, but are a little awkward, due to the
          fact they are a sort of patch fit. Make sure you can
          return them if the retrofit isn't perfect.

          I should add the first thing is to see whether your
          guides are in the same place when you raise and lower
          them. If not, then I would just use a simple block
          style guide, since they are very fast to adjust. The
          more complex guides are no bargain if they need to be
          reset all the time. Most have fine but slow
          adjustments. The same general caution applied to
          someone who is always switching blade sizes, you need
          very fast to set guides.


          --- "Harry W. James" <welshman@...> wrote:

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          Bolger dudes<BR>
          <BR>
          Another tool question. I recently inherited my
          father's old 14" delta <BR>
          band saw. It is cast iron and HEAVY, I remember it
          from as far back as <BR>
          the early 50's, I suspect it is older. <BR>
          I need a recommendation for a basic band saw book,
          care, feeding, set<BR>
          up <BR>
          and easy tricks. <BR>
          On this list or maybe in MAIB there was a mention in
          the last year or<BR>
          so <BR>
          of the best material to use for the blade guide
          blocks. <BR>
          Kudos, by the way to Portercable/Delta. They still
          have the parts list <BR>
          for this saw, and sell parts for it. <BR>
          <BR>
          HJ<BR>
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        • Chuck Leinweber
          Harry and Thomas I happen to have this very same saw in my shop. I had noticed that the guides were metallic, so I thought Babbit . I checked the other day,
          Message 4 of 4 , Oct 1, 2001
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            Harry and Thomas

            I happen to have this very same saw in my shop. I had noticed that the
            guides were metallic, so I thought "Babbit". I checked the other day, and
            it turns out that they are something very hard, like tool steel. Go figure.
            I bought this saw new, and these are the original guides.

            Chuck
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            From: thomas dalzell [mailto:proaconstrictor@...]
            Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 10:36 AM
            To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [bolger] tool talk


            How about Lignum Vitae? or other hard wood, melt on a
            little beeswax. There are also the ubiquitous cool
            blocks that a lot of stores sell. They haven't worn
            very well for me. They set back to the point where
            they aren't in hard contact, and then they last there
            for ever, which isn't very useful. There are the
            metal blocks with ball bearings mounted in them, and
            there are the Carter super-guides (they have a web
            site out there). I have the latter on my Laguna, and
            they work great, but are a little awkward, due to the
            fact they are a sort of patch fit. Make sure you can
            return them if the retrofit isn't perfect.

            I should add the first thing is to see whether your
            guides are in the same place when you raise and lower
            them. If not, then I would just use a simple block
            style guide, since they are very fast to adjust. The
            more complex guides are no bargain if they need to be
            reset all the time. Most have fine but slow
            adjustments. The same general caution applied to
            someone who is always switching blade sizes, you need
            very fast to set guides.


            --- "Harry W. James" <welshman@...> wrote:

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            Bolger dudes<BR>
            <BR>
            Another tool question. I recently inherited my
            father's old 14" delta <BR>
            band saw. It is cast iron and HEAVY, I remember it
            from as far back as <BR>
            the early 50's, I suspect it is older. <BR>
            I need a recommendation for a basic band saw book,
            care, feeding, set<BR>
            up <BR>
            and easy tricks. <BR>
            On this list or maybe in MAIB there was a mention in
            the last year or<BR>
            so <BR>
            of the best material to use for the blade guide
            blocks. <BR>
            Kudos, by the way to Portercable/Delta. They still
            have the parts list <BR>
            for this saw, and sell parts for it. <BR>
            <BR>
            HJ<BR>



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