January 3, 2019 | Travel | No Comments
Is carpentry something you enjoy or just working with wood? If this is the case, then you know just how beneficial a band saw can be. There are many uses you can put a band saw to and hence good wood shop will not lack one. Band saws provide great technical ease when it comes to cutting curves and also allowing for other freehand cutting techniques not present with other saws. Band saws are also handy when it comes to resawing. There exist different shapes and sizes of band saws, but the basic constituents are all similar. First, there is a band of steel with steel that rotates on two wheels and through a table. It also has guides and bearings that hold the blade in position. Therefore, you place a board on the table and push it through the rotating blade. As simple as this sounds, let us look into the technicality of using a band saw.
A good starting point is cleaning the machine. The quality of cuts you make will be influenced as early as now during the cleanup stage. After the cleanup, start assessing the blade. Simple use the right blade for the right job. There should be a correlation between the blade and the job. A change might be needed to get a smoother or rougher cut.
Blade guides and guards are now to be examined. The blade guides normally keep the blade level and in place. There exist two sets of blade guides with one above and the other below the blade. For an excellent cut, ensure the guides are relatively close to each other. The blade guard, on the other hand, should be close to the wood being cut. The last thing you need is an exposed blade running at crazy speed when making a small cut. Thus, examine its positioning before you start cutting.
Now, for safety purposes, it is advisable to keep your band saw unplugged when not in use. The purpose of this is to enhance your safety as you change blades or clean. Once cutting is done, proceed to unplug the band saw. Now, if you will not be using your band saw for a while, then release the blade tension. By doing this, you will keep your blade from getting overly strained and breaking prematurely. As well, clean your band saw as early as now in preparation for its use next time.