It’s been a slow start getting our new shop up and running, but we’re happy to say we’re making some steady progress. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re ready to start using some of our more neglected machines, including our trusty 14-in. Delta bandsaw. Since it needed some love, we decided to set it up live on YouTube last week.
In this video, we’re following Michael Fortune’s “Five tips for better bandsawing’ from issue #173. We try to focus on the variables between blade type, blade alignment, and enforcing moderate tension rather than becoming preoccupied with things like high blade tension, special equipment, exotic blades, high horsepower, or continual fence adjustments to accommodate blade drift. And if you’re looking to see some drifting in action in this video, don’t get your hopes up–we really tried, but this setup is almost too accurate to replicate blade drift in our demonstration. Just take our word for it!
This definitely isn’t the only way to set up a bandsaw, but it is certainly tried and true. Give it a shot next time your bandsaw needs a tune-up.
If you missed out on attending this one, don’t sweat it. We’re hoping to continue this livestream series on a regular basis, so please let us know if you have any requests for anything you’d like to see, and stay tuned for more information regarding the next one. See you then!