Cutting tight curves with wide Bandsaw Blades
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cuts can make a big difference:
next time you're "under the gun" on a project that requires
a fairly tight external bandsaw cut - and your bandsaw is
still set up with the 1/2 " wide resawing blade you used for
your last job - use this technique to avoid changing blades.
make a series of relief cuts that extend in from the outside
edge of your workpiece and end at your intended cutting line.
These cuts should intersect (and stop at) your cutting line
- and be about 1-1/2" to 2" apart where they meet your line.
If the intended curve is tighter, your relief cuts will have
to be closer together to avoid blade binding.
way, as you cut around your curve, these wedge-shaped pieces
of scrap will fall away, making it easier for you to cut your
tighter curves without binding or taking the time to change