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Woodworking Project Tips: Band Saw – Cutting a Log on a Bandsaw

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Woodworking Project Tips: Bandsaw – George Vondriska supplies tips on the best ways to use your bandsaw as a sawmill. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) initial video clip.

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Woodworking Project Tips: Band Saw - Cutting a Log on a Bandsaw

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Woodworking Project Tips: Bandsaw - George Vondriska provides tips on how to use your bandsaw as a sawmill. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  1. Okay, well I don’t seem to have a problem with the first cut if its down
    the middle bisecting, but the binding happens when cutting closer to the
    edge. Even after having one flat side. I am using a carter log mill as a
    sled so the wood isn’t moving. Is it something about the grain? 

  2. Loved the video & was very optimistic about making logs from redwood &
    maple that came down due to storms. Built the jig, tried fast and slow
    speeds, good tension, aligned blade, but both types of wood twist the blade
    and bind terribly on the first cut. Are there any tricks about the type of
    blade that would help? Any other ideas for avoiding the binding? Thanks!

  3. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    I use a Timberwolf blade, ¾” wide, 3 tpi, designed for green wood.
    Sometimes, due to internal pressure from the log drying, the wood will
    pinch in on the kerf created by the band saw blade. You can try and
    alleviate this by making a few inches of cut, leaving the blade in the but
    while you shut the saw off. Then tap a wedge in the kerf to encourage it to
    stay open. Remember to cut the logs as soon as possible after the tree is
    cut up so the wood is still wet.

  4. Thanks–very helpful!

  5. Global Wood Source sells Elm- Good video thank you

  6. I’ve been cutting firewood with my Dad for years down on his farm here in
    NC and I’ve always kept a piece here and there to mill on my
    bandsaw.Maple,red and white oak,cherry,holly,beech,river birch.Hurricane
    Fran took down his few Walnuts so he sold them or I’d have some of that
    too.I really want some Sycamore but they all grow down beside a creek,too
    tough to get out.A tip..I use a hand planer to put a flat bottom on the log
    to prevent any rolling. and I always go slow

  7. What do you put on the end grain to stop cracking because I have Some
    Australian Red gum with beautiful grain and it would look great on a
    project and also l live in Australia so some stuff From America I cant get
    so please help

  8. what are the specs on that saw ? size and blade tpi ? 

  9. Sir, is it possible to cut already dry logs or are they going to break the
    saw? I have plenty of dry logs from last year. Thank you!

  10. This log has high levels of levitation

  11. Why cut it when it is wet?

  12. What brand bandsaw is this??

  13. Would you have any way on cutting a V cut in a 2″1/2 by 40 log sapling ?
    This would be attached to the corners of a cabinet ..
    Thank you. 

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  14. I have 9″ band saw and I need to know what’s the best blade for cutting
    log 1/4-Inch 6 TPI or 3/8-Inch x 10 TPI or 1/8-Inch x 14 TPI or there’s
    another thing ???

  15. Newbie question here: why do you have to cut them when they’re green? Great
    video and thanks for the answer!

    1. +Ryan Wayne Wood shrink during the drying process. The stress of the
      shrinkage will form cracks from the core outward, making the log useless
      for lumber. Cutting the log when it’s still green will relieve the stress
      of the shrinkage, hence preventing the wood from cracking.

    2. +htn1986 makes sense! Perfect, thanks for taking the time to answer!

    3. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

      +Ryan Wayne It is best to cut them when they are green because they will
      cut much easier, dry faster and more evenly, and you will minimize the
      potential for cracking at the ends of the boards.

    4. +WoodWorkers Guild Of America perfect thanks for the reply!

  16. As someone still new to this, I assume drift compensation is something you
    can do to a fence to keep material from drifting away from it as the cut
    gets longer. Is there a video that explains this more in depth? It is an
    issue I have had in the past.

    1. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

      +Jason Cummings You are exactly right, and here is a video that explains
      how to do it:
      http://www.wwgoa.com/video/resawing-wood-using-a-bandsaw-resaw-fence-007463/

    2. Thank you!

  17. good luck

  18. Thanks for the video, I did get a small detail that I was pondering about
    the other day. I still haven’t begun with Woddy Hyezmar’s book yet, I’ve
    found videos to be better for me, though he is still giving it away, google
    him.

  19. It’s good to have this information, but at the same time I’m not sure for
    whom this video is made because if you have a band saw with a cutting
    height like that with this kind of power and you would spend that kind of
    money you would probably already be an advanced woodworker. Everyone else
    has a 6″ max height band saw or less that you can’t do this type of thing
    on.

  20. what is that little black block spacer on the bandsaw? i assume you added
    that to give you more room to make bigger resaw cuts. where can i buy one?
    and do they make them for all brands of bandsaw?

    1. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

      Hi, Sean. That is exactly what it is. This is generally referred to as a
      riser block. These are not necessarily available for all bandsaws, and they
      do not fit universally from one saw to another, so check with your
      manufacturer to see if there might be one available for your saw.

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