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New Bandsaw Tires
My bandsaw has developed tracking problems to the point that the blade won’t
stay on the wheel. I checked everything and can’t seem to clear up the problem.
What’s going on here?

Because these problems developed over time, I suggest you check your tires The
tires on your bandsaw provide traction for the blade and, like the tires on your car,
they wear out and the rubber degrades with time A new set of tires will likely put
your saw back on track

“Obvious signs of worn tires are cracks and tears,” explains
Peter Perez, president of Carter Products Inc , a bandsaw
accessory manufacturer “A good wear test is to sink a
fingernail into the tire A good tire will rebound with no
visible mark on it If your fingernail leaves an impression,
it’s time to replace the tire ”

It’s easier to replace the tires with the wheel removed from
the saw Taper the end of a dowel, clamp it in a vise, and set
the wheel on it We recommend replacing both rubber tires
with urethane tires Urethane offers two big advantages:
It lasts longer and it doesn’t require adhesive to install Clamp
the new tire on the wheel and stretch the tire over the rim
Urethane tires can be made more f lexible by soaking them
in hot water before you put them on the wheels

New Urethane



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I like to keep my bandsaw blades on the wall next to my saw
To save space, I fold them into coils The trouble comes when
I hang the coiled blade on a peg or nail I’ve had the blades
suddenly come uncoiled and spring off the wall! That’s unpleasant
and potentially dangerous I tried using twist ties, but they wore
out quickly and it was a pain having to tie up and untie the blade
every time I used it

I came up with this handy hanger made with a 2x4 and some
very small spring clamps I notched the edge of the 2x4 with a
dado blade and screwed a spring clamp into each notch Now
when I go to change blades, all I have to do is squeeze the spring
clamp to release the blade

Spring Clamp Blade Storage

Can a 2x4
Dull a Blade?
After resawing some pine 2x4s, my bandsaw blade smoked
and seemed mighty dull. How can that be?

Chances are your blade wasn’t dull at all It’s teeth were probably
coated with pine pitch, which you should remove with blade
cleaner Other woods, such as cherry, also deposit pitch on
bandsaw blades

Like any sawblade, a bandsaw blade’s teeth won’t cut properly
if they’re caked with pitch Pitch fills in the clearances necessary
for the blade to cut with a minimum of friction This makes the
blade run hotter, which creates even more buildup Blade cleaner
removes all traces of pitch, making your blade feel much sharper
You should remove the blade for cleaning to avoid potentially
damaging your wheel’s tires

Tooth with pitch buildup Tooth after cleaning


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Get the Burn out
Arrgh, another burned cut! Don’t you hate it when
this happens? Here’s a fix. Shim out the workpiece
with thin cardboard and take a second light cut.
Burning most commonly occurs on end grain or when
you use a dull bit. Feeding the workpiece too slowly
also can cause burning.

No-Fuss Flush
My flush-trimming setup allows trimming veneer
and solid wood edging up to 7/8-in. thick. it consists
of a router with a 1/2-in. straight bit, a table and a
perpendicular fence. A 1-in.-thick spacer separates
the fence and table. The router mounts to the fence
so the bit is f lush with the tabletop. i attach my shop
vacuum’s hose to a
hole drilled through
the cleat, under the
bit. i size the edging
so it overhangs by
1/16-in. or less.

Cutting Dovetail Slots
Some tables, such as the classic
Shaker style, have a turned center
column with three dovetail slots to
hold the legs. i make these slots with
the spindle still in the lathe. That
way i can use the lathe’s indexing pin
to accurately space the slots.

First i make an open box, with a
tongue below, that engages the lathe
bed. The top of the box is open and
the router slides in rabbets cut in the
sides, as shown.

After turning and finishing the
spindle, i lock the index pin at zero.
Then i clamp the box to the lathe

bed, position the router and
adjust the depth of cut.

After making the first cut i
mark the position of the router
plate on the carriage with a
pencil. Then i rotate the spindle
120 degrees (for a three-legged
table), reset the index pin and
make the next cut.

i advise making a trial cut in a
piece of scrap first. To reduce the
chances of breaking your dovetail
bit, remove most of the waste
with a straight bit before cutting
the dovetail slot.








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