Making Smoother Bandsaw Scroll Cuts
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this trick for smoothing-out your Bandsaw scrolling cuts.
cuts can often be a problem when using a bandsaw. Remember,
Bandsaws are designed primarily for making irregular-shaped
cuts in thicker materials...and doing so very quickly.
are a lot of possible causes for rough cuts...from dull blades
to lose guide blocks to too-fast feed rates. Here's another
possible cause - and remedy for fixing it -- that few woodworkers
you're cutting a lot of tight radii, the squared-off back
edges of a bandsaw blade can often catch and drag as you rotate
your stock through these cuts. That's because the process
for making most blades can leave burrs on these rear edges.
Plus...of course...squared edges don't glide smoothly around
tightly curved surfaces!
If you're experiencing these problems, turn on your bandsaw
and use a sharpening stone to radius the back edges of your
blades. This technique will not only stop this dragging...it
will also help to minimize damage to your guide blocks and
back-up rollers...and make your blades last longer.
CAUTION: Do this slowly and carefully, exerting only light
pressure as you rotate the stone around the back edge of the
blade . Wear eye protection and KEEP YOUR HANDS WELL BEHIND
AND CLEAR OF THE BLADE AS YOU PERFORM THIS OPERATION.