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When To Choose A Small Bandsaw Blade Over A Large One

Band Saw BladeBandsaws are a great tool for any woodworker. One thing that many don’t realize is that you don’t always have to have a large, massive blade on it. This is because though the bandsaw will do powerful work on larger stock such as resawing, etc. It also can do more delicate work.

Curves can be mastered with a larger blade, I know because with the outdoor furniture business I have to make sharp curves with all the parts I cut out. I was able to master the curves on a big blade. I had to because we made cut after cut in a production shop where a small blade would break quickly. But even so, there are curves that a 1/2 inch blade will not make.

These curves though can be cut out on a smaller blade, say a 3/8 or 1/4 inch blade. You can turn a steep corner easily – especially once you get used to it. When first starting with this smaller blade it takes some getting used to because it can turn so easily that you may not stay in line. But once mastered it is a great blade to have on hand for curved projects!

Updated: March 4, 2015 — 3:47 pm
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