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Bandsaw Blade width Optimum for resawing KD door stile skins3/2
What is recommended bandsaw blade width for resawing 4/4 KD hardwood (5-6" wide boards) into 4mm skins for engineered stiles on passage doors?
Our Griggio bandsaw (24") lists the range of blade widths from 1/4" to 3". This is a garden variety woodshop bandsaw, not a specialized re-saw machine. I've never run anything close to a 3" blade...
Goal is cutting straight down the board so that the skin is uniform thickness across the width and down the length. We'll have a Co-Matic AF10 single wheel feeder to help move it thru.
Is wider better or would a 1" or 2" blade be sufficient?
Any recommendations on the resaw process? We're talking jobshop quantities of doors - usually 5-10 doors at a time and usually no more than a few times a month.
Looking to hear from people who have actually resawn wide face material like this.
For resawing, I believe the guideline is 2-3 teeth in the cut, so 6" material would need 4-6 teeth per foot.
I had a Wadkin Resaw with 3" wide, 6 tpi blades for resawing 6/4 and 8/4 Poplar (mostly) into molder blanks. The stock was 3" to 7" wide, and running fast - about 30 fpm.
The cut quality was good for what we needed, but not good enough for gluing right off the saw, unless we slowed the feed way down - 5 fpm or so. Then it would wave a bit and not be uniformly flat.
Gullets influence feed rates since they carry away the saw dust. If you are feeding too fast for the gullets, the cut will suffer in a number of ways.
Go to the best tooling source you can find and ask them how to do it. Try Menominee saw in (where else?) Menominee, Michigan. They sold and serviced our blades for us and were painless to work with.