Bandsaw Blades for Wood work

It is important to use the best saw blade for the job you are doing, and step one is to look at the material you need to cut. Let’s take a look at the best bandsaw blade for wood.

Next step is to consider the type of cut you need to make – straight cuts or radius cuts. The usual rule of thumb is to use the widest bandsaw blade that your saw can take for straight cutting. The result achieved here is two fold – good, straight cuts, and good feed rate that doesn’t break your blades.

For curved or radius cutting, you need to use a 3/4 inch (or less) blade, depending on the contour and resulting radius you want to achieve.

When looking at bandsaw blades for wood work, your next step will be to decide on tooth style – regular, skip tooth, or hook.

Bandsaw blades with regular teeth – meaning evenly spaced – are great for both general cuts and also radius cuts. Skip tooth blades are great especially for soft wood – the gaps between teeth are bigger and help to prevent build up and clogging of excess material. Finally the hook tooth blades allow for fast cutting. They have “larger teeth”, or in other words, a deeper gullet. These bandsaw blades are more aggressive and usually used for longer cutting of hard or thick wood.

When using bandsaw blades for wood work like curve cutting or joinery, you may want to investigate the option of variable pitch blades. The idea behind these types of blades is to get a superior, smooth finish, usually with fast cutting too. Variable pitch means there are sets of teeth of different sizes, in an alternating pattern.

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