What to do while Handling a Band Saw
Is carpentry something you enjoy or just working with wood? Well, you obviously know the great advantages that a band saw avails. 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. You can equally carry out resawing jobs using band saws. Band saws come in various shapes and sizes but all in all, entail the same elements. It consists of a band of steel with teeth rotating on two wheels and passing through a table. Above and below the blade are guides and bearings that hold the blade in position as it cuts. All you now do is place the board on the table and drive it through the blade. As simple as this sounds, let us look into the technicality of using a band saw.
Now, even before you start your operations, a brief cleanup is needed. Cleaning the dust and any leftover wood chips can make an enormous disparity in the quality of cut you get once you start operations. Once clean, the band saw needs a blade assessment. The right perspective here should be a using the proper blade for the right job. Once you clearly define your project, your blade needs to match the task one for one. To influence the smoothness of the cut, your blade will certainly need a change.
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. As for the blade guard, you want to make sure that it is close to the wood you are cutting. The last thing you need is an exposed blade running at crazy speed when making a small cut. Consequently, confirm its level prior to cutting operations.
As well, it is not wise to keep your band saw plugged in at all times. The purpose of this is to enhance your safety as you change blades or clean. This also means once you are done cutting, make sure you unplug it. 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. Finally, as good practice, make sure you do some cleaning in preparation for next time.