Cutting Wood With Band Saw - Carpentry - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Carpentry


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-13-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

cutting wood with band saw

im attempting to cut 1/2 w by 3x 5 exotic wood lengthwise to make book end 1911 pistol grips im using a ryobi 9 inch band saw but i cant get the blade to stay true while cutting. its perfect on top but goses to the left or right at the bottom i would think a thicker blade would be steader any ideas


johnpnewman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2011, 06:46 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Rewards Points: 2,000

It doesn't take a big piece of wood for grips, have a table saw?? Much easier to control the thickness. A wider blade and proper tension can help cutting on the band saw.


Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2011, 07:06 AM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,146
Rewards Points: 152

Maybe I wasn't paying attention when I should have been, but I have never considered a band saw to be a precision tool, particularly for thicker stock. If your intent is, as I suspect, to shape one piece for two grips, and then slice it in half to make two, I would do as Bill said, get it close with a table saw, then rip it in half, and work on the grips individually, using your band saw, then a rasp, and finally a sander. Either way, yes, a wider blade on your band saw would be a definite improvement, but you may have to switch back to your thinner one for some of the more detailed cuts.
DexterII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2011, 11:17 AM   #4
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

If you look at your band saw, you have two bearings guiding the blade at the upper saw guide.

You also have two guide bearings at the lower saw guide, immediately underneath the table top.

Check the lower saw guide bearings to make sure they are set properly.

It also helps to have a wide blade (such as 1/2 - 7/8 inch) as opposed to the usual 1/4 inch or less.
foz1234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2011, 09:56 PM   #5
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 780
Rewards Points: 500

You also need proper tension, which probably not good on a Ryobi, and let the saw make the cut don't force feed the material.
hayewe farm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2011, 01:06 AM   #6
cocobolo's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North Shuswap, B.C., Canada
Posts: 8,663
Rewards Points: 6,114

John, if your blade is going to the left or right at the bottom, it sounds as though your tension is a little too light.

Will it head off in either direction, or just one way?

Almost every bandsaw will cut in one direction or the other, and what you can do is to make yourself a wood fence and offset it in whichever direction the saw wants to cut.

I don't think you mean a thicker blade, but a wider one, as foz suggests as well.

I have the same machine as you do, and if you are using the 1/4" blade which came with the saw, try switching up to 1/2" makes all the difference.

And definitely do NOT push the wood through the saw hard, it will wander every time. Let the blade do the cutting, and make sure it is very sharp. Exotic hardwoods are notoriously unkind to small bandsaw blades.

What kind of wood are you cutting?


Just an old guy messin' with bits of wood...and old cars!
...the friendliest thread on the site! Come on by.
cocobolo is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sister joist, replace wood bean, what wood grain? jpcada Building & Construction 14 04-13-2010 07:46 AM
Staining Wood - When to use wood filler markronz Carpentry 8 03-04-2010 07:15 PM
Vent Noise - Rubbing Wood; Seeking Advice steveo_1978 Plumbing 4 01-22-2010 10:26 PM
Ext Paint for Interior Application? PaoloM Painting 24 04-21-2009 04:30 AM
Removing Wood Flooring - Cutting Close to the Edge of the Wall rgmetro Flooring 2 07-12-2007 06:21 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1