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Tip #31
Band Sawing Versatility

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The bandsaw gets its name from the continuous loop or "band" formed by the flexible steel blade. This blade cuts with a downward motion, toward the table. Because it cuts continuously, you'll find the bandsaw is one of the fastest cutting tools in your shop.

The bandsaw will perform a wide variety of workshop operations. The two most common uses are cutting curves or irregular shapes in wood and resawing (slicing thin boards from thick ones). But you can also make crosscuts, rips, bevels, miters, compound curves, duplicate parts, and many other special cuts.

You can also cut materials other than wood. With the proper blade installed, the bandsaw will cut plastic, plastic laminates, particle board, and even soft, nonferrous metals such as copper, brass, and aluminum.

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