Simple Guide in Making Cuts Using your Band Saw

Besides the jigsaw, the band saw is a top choice for most woodworkers for making curves of wood pieces. However, besides cutting curves, there is so much more that the bad saw can do for you as long as you understand the techniques and strategies that you should use. Let us look at the various tips that would help you in making significant cuts on your wood pieces and thereby appreciate the significant versatility of this tool.

Making Curves

This is one of the key tasks that the band saw is recognized for and as such you are assured of making precise curves using the band saw. This, in itself will allow you to achieve so many tasks in your workshop. The initial step in making curves is to ensure that you have the right blade on your saw. If you have a blade that is too wide, you might end up with a cut that is not accurate enough. On the other hand, using a blade that is so thin may force it to break easily and this will still affect the end result.

However, changing the band saw blade only take a couple of minutes and once you change it, you should ensure that you have tensioned it as required. This is aimed at reducing the defection of the blade and also prevents any damage. Once all the basics are in place, you need to verify that the band saw table is square to the blade and then you can mark your curve on the board using a pencil. You should ensure that the curve does not require a specific angle before attempting to make the cut.


Making curves with Bandsaw

Making curves with Bandsaw

The next step is to lower the blade guard to be just slightly above the board. Once you have brought it into place, you should lock it securely so that it does not move about when you are making your cut. Start your band saw and point the blade parallel to the pencil marking. This marks the point where the blade should enter the wood. Hold the board flat on the table and cut using the blade. You should not force the blade, but ease it into the board. Keep the blade on the edge of the pencil mark as this will make it easy to sand the line so as to make a perfect cut on your piece of wood.

If you need to rotate the board so as to be able to follow the curved line, you should only move the board to the left or right of the table. Ensure that you do not lift the board off the table and keep your hands away from the table as well. This will prevent the saw reaching the far side of your table. Once you are done, you should lift the board from the board once the blade has completely stopped turning.

Making Straight Cuts

Besides the curves, you can also make straight cuts using your band saw without too much difficulty. Straight cuts are quite diverse and include cutting strips of veneer, resawing, cutting timber from rough logs and so much more. In order to accomplish all these straight cuts, you would need to have a sturdy fence and the proper blade. Ideally, the fence needs to be placed parallel to the blade and in most cases it is recommended to be on the left side of the blade.

Cutting Veneers

You can easily cut thin strips of wood using your band saw. All you need to do is install a fine-tooth blade that should typically be ½-inch wide into you’re the band saw. You should adjust the guide blocks so that the blade guard is dropped to be above the wood that is being cut.

Cutting wood by Bandsaw

Cutting wood by Bandsaw

In order to do this, you should hold the board against the fence so that the cut can be parallel to the blade. The fence should be adjusted in that you will be able to achieve the preferred thickness of the veneer. Turn you band saw on and ease it through the wood and hold the board firmly against the fence and the blade. When you are done with cut, you should turn off the saw and make the adjustments on the fence and repeat the process.
In order to make sure that the board is held in an even manner against the fence, you need to install a featherboard on the table.

Resawing Boards

One of the tasks that the band saw is known for is resawing. This is a process would require the ¾-inch blade. With a wider blade, you will significantly reduce any blade wandering and deflection. In addition to this, the blade needs to have a narrow cutting profile so as to reduce the waste volume.

If you want to make large resaw cuts, you will need to have a fence that is as tall as the board that you need to cut. This will ensure that the block that you are cutting remains stable all through. You should always ensure that the work piece is held firmly against the fence and this will make it easier to pass the blade through the board. You should never force your band saw when you are cutting through the board, allow it to do allow the work while you direct.

You should consistently ease the blade through the block until you are done with cutting. Once you are done with the resawing process, you should turn off the blade and remove the stock that was being cut. If you have other pieces of blocks that need to be cut you should repeat the same procedure.


As you can clearly see, the band saw has a number of versatile functions that you can enjoy. Use these simple tips that we have provided to work as a guide for your work. You will eventually be able to make accurate cuts in a versatile manner using the same band saw that is in your possession.

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