Tuning a Bandsaw

An interesting video on tuning a bandsaw. Nothing controversial in there I can see, and some definite advantages! Not specifically an ad for Carter, but you become very interested in the Carter guide for fine blades after watching it!

Ripping Veneers

Had a bit of fun at the show, ripping thin veneers on the MiniMax bandsaw.

Was getting under 1mm slices easily (and consistently), around 0.8mm.

One setup got me a 0.6mm thick veneer, which I was pleased with, that is until I decided to push the boundary, and pulled off a 0.35mm veneer. You can clearly see light through the result! Surprisingly strong too, and flexible (funnily enough!)

And repeatable- it was not a fluke.



TWWWS Panorama 2

TWWWS Panorama 1

Halloween Approaches


Melbourne Woodshow 2014, day 1

Well that day flew past! Hardly had time to see anything, let alone get any photos or anything.

I’m on the “I Wood Like” stand for Friday & Saturday, demonstrating the SawStop Professional tablesaw (and yes, some blade activations included). Also resawing using the MiniMax 500, ripping some incredibly thin veneers. It is a stunning bandsaw, with both a 500mm throat, and a 500mm depth of cut.

Generating a bit of a crowd!


Took one panorama- will try to get some more photos from the show tomorrow.


We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of wood!

Yes, it is woodworking show season once again in Melbourne!  Can’t wait 🙂

Along with all the usual suspects, and the restocking that I find I do a lot at the shows, an interesting development from Carbatec:  the big catalogue is back! (Finally!!)

But it is bigger than ever – previous ‘full’ catalogues were around 150 pages.  The latest one is massive – 384 pages!  Of course, going that large does come at a price – literally.  A whopping $5.  Or free if you spend over $100.

Do hope the show has some new stuff to see – as much as I enjoy catching up with people, and restocking consumables, the show should be about new products, new techniques (and not just the same old).  As much as sales are needed to justify the huge expense of a stand, the show itself needs to encourage more than that.

Check out a Maker Faire, or the AWFS for how other shows do it.

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