Sawing Versatility (continued)
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Particle Board, Plastics & Metals
earlier, your bandsaw will also cut materials other than solid
wood and plywood. These include particle board, plastic, plastic
laminates, and soft, nonferrous metals such as brass, copper,
and aluminum. Warning: Before cutting metals, clean sawdust
out of the bandsaw because hot pieces of metal could ignite
sawdust. Also remember that particle board releases toxic
formaldehyde gas when cut. When cutting particle board, always
work in a well-ventilated room.
When cutting materials other than wood, always use a combination
blade. You can ruin a woodworking blade immediately if you
attempt to use iton tough materials like these. Even a combination
blade will dull rapidly if you use it constantly for cutting
these materials. Also, work at 'Slow' speed.
14-45. When cutting metal, apply oil to the cutting
line to help keep the blade from overheating.
stock very slowly-give the blade plenty of time to cut. When
cutting nonferrous metal, put a drop or two of oil on the
pattern line every inch or so to help keep the blade from
14-45). Warning: If you're cutting round stock, such
as pipe, hold it securely with a miter gauge or V-block to
help prevent the teeth from catching it and spinning It out
of your hands.
When you're finished cutting particle board, plastics, or
metals, remove the bandsaw cover and clean the tires thoroughly
with a stiff bristle brush. If you don't, the filings and
chips will become imbedded in the tires and damage them. Also
clean the blade.
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