Resawing with a Band Saw

A band saw gives you the ability to decorate and make anything of your choice. Having a 7/8 drawer sides with a band saw is not a heavy task because you’ll have them at the end of the day anyway. Resawing on the band saw gives you the privilege to cut stock thickness faster with less risks involved and appropriately.

The desired width of a wood can be easily controlled by resawing. When the resawing process is done and several passes via a thickness planner then you are saved from the yoke of standard width. Could you be content with only ¾ wood for everything you build?

Resawing Bandsaw

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In simple words, resawing means getting a big piece of wood and dividing into small thinner pieces. A band saw is the best recommended tool for such tasks. It’s more safe and fast than a table saw.

It’s mostly efficient when it’s narrow kerf and vertical blade movement since it destroys less wood hence making the cutting process faster and easier.What you mostly need is to have straight lines. It’s of use to have an equal sided edge and side.

A big challenge is that several woodworkers lack a hint of how to perform this. A well done resawing needs nothing extra than a proper selection of the blade, recommended tension, concentration on stock control and having the fence in position.

Choosing a blade

When sawing via a stock with a big width, a lot of pressure is expected on every part of the blade being used .every tooth of the saw shaves away waste. Some blades have a space for excess waste produced because they have big gullets for instance the blades with 3 teeth per inch (TPI).

The blade is supported by thrust bearing above and below. When the actual cut is made, the blades stiffness and sometimes the beam strength maintains the straight cut and free of wander. After using it for some time you’ll realize that ½ 3 tooth blade produces better results. I once attempted to use wider blades but it wasn’t as effective as the ½ 3 tooth produces.


Having the required blade tension can decrease the blade’s tendency to lead erratically less thrust. Having in mind that the standard tension gauge is not accurate, it’s advisable to have a bit more tension than the one written in the manual.

If in any debt you can confirm it by opening up the thrust bearings and lateral guides. Back off both above and below the table to prevent them from contacting the blade. Crank the tension gauge to the required settings. Let the blade have a sideway nudge almost halfway between the upper and lower wheels. This makes the blade to deflect easily for a short distance. The said sideways movement should be ¼ ‘ if its pushed harder  it might bend further though there is a distinct point where it leaves deflecting sluggishly. Add tension until the deflection is ¼ if you can deflect more than ¼.

Stock concern

It’s possible to cut a straight line by following how the saw goes without controlling it or stopping its move. Most band saws have some features which enable them to cut straight lines. Every blade can do this in its own way and also each blade has its own set angle.

How to Determine Lead Angle

Use A Re-Saw Guide: this is a kind of a particular position which enables you to adjust the angle of your feed into the blade which needs a lot of practice. In addition such techniques need extra attention.

Feed Direction: When the right feed direction is required then it’s easier and fast if you do it once. Have your band saw fence positioned as required and cut straight lines because it’s easier that way.

Fence and Blade: The blade and the fence must always be placed at a 90-degrees to the table used. Have a straight piece of wood about two to three feet long which should have a line down at the middle. Cut using your free hand along the line and try your best to have it on the center line. Feed at the recommended pace. When you make it straight, hold your piece of wood on the table. You can now switch off the band saw because you’ll have found the lead angle for your table anyway.

Mark the Area: Using a pencil or a mark pen, mark a line on the band saw table along the piece of wood. Remember that you also have to loosen the fences bolts with a wrench. The angle of the fence should be cut along the pencil mark and make sure that you’ve tightened your bolts. Your fence by then will be set for blades correct lead angle which gives you straight cuts. Set once and cut because it will be simpler that way.

If you want to practice your feed speed it’s advisable to mark a line on your intended cut for the first few boards since it gives you hope and an assurance that the cut was straight.


There are some band saws that are specifically designed for resawing purposes. It might be a great idea if you can get such band saws for your cutting. However, in the event that you cannot find the saw and you have an ordinary band saw, you may use the tips that we have highlighted above to facilitate the entire process of resawing. Practice these severally and it’ll give you enough confidence and veracity with your project and be rest assured that you’ll never go wrong. It would be advisable to follow the various recommendations that are provided by your manufacturer in regards to the use of the band saw. Over and above the general maintenance of your implement will influence the success in the process of resawing significantly. You should therefore keep it in great shape always so as to achieve great results. All the best as you resaw.

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