Turning Archive 2005

Bandsaw Help

Doug Reynolds in Seattle
>I harvested some fresh cut soft maple and tried to cut the blanks into circles on my Mini Max 20 bandsaw with a new 1/2" blade using a circle cutting jig. The blade wanted to track toward the inside of the cut, never meeting at the cut entrance. The blanks were in the four to ten inch diameter range. Size did not seem to make a difference.

Also, the blade would get all gumed up from the wet wood, almost "strings" hanging from the blade teeth. Any fix for that short of stopping every few blanks to clean the blade?

What is your preferred blade for this purpose? Maybe I don't have the right one.

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