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Andy Bardowell
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Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Jan 25th, 2014 at 5:35pm
 
Greetings,

I have uploaded my first YouTube video showing how I process urban lumber on the bandsaw as an alternative to using a chain saw. My friends, please don’t pull any punches I need feedback to get better at this.

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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #1 - Jan 25th, 2014 at 8:35pm
 
Nothing wrong with planning flats, but not necessary.  To me, it's more important to lay out rip cuts to get best growth ring symmetry.  And it's going to be a challenge to mark the ideal rip cuts than make a flat perfectly perpendicular to the drawn lines. 

If you are more comfortable using flat, continue doing so.  Alternatively you can hold 1x1's against base of log on each side to keep from rolling as the rip cuts are made. 

In the vid you drew verticals referencing off the upper flat, but cut using the lower flat and the flats aren't parallel.  small detail.

I have to run shop vac to draw shavings out of band saw when cutting green wood, or they accumulate and become a problem.  Also avoids humidity buildup in band saw over night.
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Reply #2 - Jan 25th, 2014 at 9:05pm
 
Very nicely done. Wink I really like your circle cutting jig, do you know where I can find instructions to make one?
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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #3 - Jan 25th, 2014 at 9:21pm
 
I have cut logs on my band saw with and without flats and with jigs to hold it still from rolling.  For my two cents, without a jig to keep the log from rolling it becomes dangerous.  The disclaimer if you do not feel comfortable ect...ect...  comes into play for me.
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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #4 - Jan 25th, 2014 at 10:17pm
 
Great comments I'll certainly note these points for the next time.
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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #5 - Jan 25th, 2014 at 10:25pm
 
Emery Swenson wrote on Jan 25th, 2014 at 9:05pm:
Very nicely done. Wink I really like your circle cutting jig, do you know where I can find instructions to make one?


Mike Walt has a video at his channel Emery, you can find it here.
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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #6 - Feb 4th, 2014 at 11:15am
 
Andy, I have several logs in my garage, and I think your method is perfect!  Maybe you don't get the perfect growth ring orientation, but I suspect with practice it will be much better.  Anyway, thanks for the vid, I'm headed to the Big Orange Box to buy a cheapo planer!

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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2014 at 12:43pm
 
If this is something you will be doing a lot of, I would suggest the use of jigs and/or sleds. as opposed doing all of your cuts freehand. You will spend less time measuring and marking with more consistent and repeatable results with less waste.

I don't see the need to plane flats on two opposing sides. One straight side is all you need and the rest of the cuts get referenced from that side.

Be careful mentioning things like, I can turn these blanks at 1400rpm, that's just asking for trouble. You're better off saying something like, you will end up with a fairly well balanced blank.
And finally, get the chain saw off the table saw. Roll Eyes
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Re: Processing Lumber on the Bandsaw
Reply #8 - Feb 4th, 2014 at 6:51pm
 
3.5 HP chainsaw on 110v...  Huh

Don't you just love they way manufactures make up these numbers.
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