How to Setup and Use a Band Saw
Is carpentry something you enjoy or just working with wood? Then with this in mind a band saw will certainly come in handy. There are many uses you can put a band saw to and hence good wood shop will not lack one. Band saws are desirable for the ease with which one can cut curves on wood and generally for the freehand cutting ability. Again, they find great use in the resawing tasks. One could say band saws are different and the same taking into account the fundamental components are the same. First, there is a band of steel with steel that rotates on two wheels and 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. This article takes a deeper insight on how to use a band saw.
Start your operations by cleaning the band saw. The cleanup operation will go on to influence the cut quality you get from your band saw. Once clean, the band saw needs a blade assessment. Simple use the right blade for the right job. Once you clearly define your project, your blade needs to match the task one for one. For a smoother or rougher cut, a change is necessary.
Next up, assess the elements that augment the blade, i.e., the blade guides and guard. The blade guides normally keep the blade level and in place. The band saw will have two sets of this, with one set higher and the other set lower. For an excellent cut, ensure the guides are relatively close to each other. When it comes to the blade guard, ensure that it is close to the wood being cut. Due to safety, it is unwise to have an exposed blade running at high speeds. Therefore, check its level before cutting starts.
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. It is wise to release the blade tension once you don’t intend to use the bad saw for some days. 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.