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Daily Archives: September 10, 2014

Wood Working to Metal Cutting Conversion

Wood working to metal cutting conversion is sometimes necessary when the everyday suddenly turns out to be not so ordinary work-order-wise. For a wood worker, the band saw is an important tool. The machine is useful in cutting curves and irregular shapes. Most wood craftsmen have a wood working band saw. Due to its speed, this type of saw, with a blade designed to cut wood, is not suitable for cutting metals. A wood worker wanting to convert a band saw to cut thin sheets of metal will need to follow certain steps in order to safely and effectively use the wood working band saw to cut metals. Wear a …

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Fixing Inside-Out Saw Blades

Fixing inside-out saw blades sounds as complex as the issue itself. However, a saw blade that ends up turned inside-out does occasionally occur. Usually when an old saw blade is replaced. For most saw operators, it is easiest just to fold the blade over in a figure 8, double it up on itself, and then double it again in the opposite direction, being very careful as it springs back into shape. Here are a few time-tested techniques on how to uncoil or turn an inside-out blade back to the right position. Take the band in one hand and remove the twist ties With …

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Calculate and Measure Basic Shapes

Calculate and Measure Basic Shapes — In ancient Greece, the Pythagorean’s considered the role of numbers in geometry. It is a discipline in mathematics concerning practical knowledge of length, area, and volume. Mathematical calculation to measure different shapes of steel is necessary. Some of the steel shapes that are cut with band saw machines include squares, rectangles, tubing, and circles. To assure correct operational use of a band saw, it is important to figure out the total area of the material being cut. These factors will help to determine the cutting speed. Squares and Rectangles To measure the area of rectangles, multiply the Height and …

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A Guide to Band Saw Tune-Up

A Guide to Band Saw Tune-Up. Tuning the band saw is a necessary evil if perfection of cut, smoothness of materials, and pride in workmanship are the desired end-result of any work effort. The band saw machine is an important tool for woodworkers. Few things are more satisfying than re-sawing thin sheets of veneer out of a large piece of wood. The band saw is essential for cutting such curves and for re-sawing veneers. In order for these results to be achieved, the band saw in use must be tuned correctly or the re-sawing will become difficult. There are four primary steps …

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Measuring Saw Blades Without Cutting

Measuring Saw Blades Without Cutting — Like many items that may have been procured second-hand or a long time ago, the chances of having the owner’s manual that came with the piece is usually slim. If that is the case, then today’s post should offer a bit of help meant to help explain how measuring a bandsaw blade without the need for cutting. For bandsaws that have been in use for awhile, the actual length of that blade can be a tricky number to determine. However, with a little bit of measuring, the number is easier to find than one might think. Here are the steps …

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Defining Saw Blade Tooth Sets

Defining Saw Blade Tooth Sets Nomenclature is the study of words and their usage, and jargon is a term used to describe the unique aspects of a profession’s equipment and/or procedure. In the metal sawing industry, this jargon becomes a complex issue of word usage that can often end up overwhelming and exasperating those not familiar with all aspects of the industry’s jargon. It even has the potential to confuse those already in-the-know when the same piece of equipment is referred to by two different forms of that jargon. We say tires when we mean belts, or we will refer to lubricants as coolants interchangeably when …

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Band Saw Safety Guidelines

Band Saw Safety, a need-to-know guide for health and welfare purposes when operating any band saw. Training and safety have often been an afterthought when new hires, experienced or not, come on board. But it remains to be a fact that the loss in man-hours due to this lack of due diligence, either on the part of the operator or the company, can end up costing thousands of dollars in lost time and production revenue. Maybe even millions should the lack of safety training result in catastrophic loss and legal recourse. On the job safety is everyone’s responsibility. Nothing is lost …

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