For those of you who have a Jet 14" Bandsaw, there is an accessory that can add to the resaw capacity of your bandsaw. It is called a Riser Block.
The Riser Block is a rectangular piece of cast iron, roughly 6" in height. It is installed between the upper and lower cast iron arms of your bandsaw. This block increases the distance between the table and the blade guides, in turn increasing the resaw capacity of your bandsaw.
I purchased mine from Woodcraft for approximately $70.00. Although the color of the riser block was white and my bandsaw was blue, it made little difference. The riser block works for both the old blue and the newer white models.Installation
While the 2-page directions were somewhat limited in scope, I found I was able to follow them with ease. This installation is not rocket science. All you must be sure of is that you support the upper arm while removing the connecting hardware. Since the upper arm is cast, it is somewhat heavy. If you're not sure you can handle the weight alone, you may want to get someone to help you.
The rest of the installation proceeded without any problems, and soon it was time to install the new blade.Resaw Blade
Installing the Riser Block also makes it necessary to install a longer blade. The new blade length is 105". Jet does include a 105" blade with the riser block kit, but I set this aside. I had purchased a Timberwolf 105" - ¾" x 3 AS-S x 0.025" thick resaw blade just for this.
The technician at Suffolk Machinery (the company that manufactures Timberwolf Blades) was very helpful when I called. I told him that I had used their blades in the past and that I had purchased the Jet Bandsaw Riser Block kit. He knew immediately which size I needed. He then asked me a number of questions regarding the type of work I was performing with my Bandsaw, and suggested a couple of blades. Besides the resaw blade, I got a ¼" x 6PC x 0.025" thick blade for standard bandsaw work. I ordered the blades and 3 days later I received the packages on my front door step.
For those of you who are interested, Suffolk Machinery's website offers some tips for bandsaw care and maintenance. This document came in handy when it came time to tension my new resaw blade.
After I installed the blade, checked the guides, and blade tension, all that remained was to give the bandsaw a last minute check-up before throwing the switch.Initial Impression
The first thing that struck me about adding the riser block was that the added height made it somewhat difficult to reach the blade-tensioning knob! I am 6'1" and had to reach up a bit to get to this. I imagine that this will pose something of a problem for woodworkers of a shorter stature.
After setting up my shop-built resaw fence, and adjusting the fence for the drift in the blade, I retrieved a 1" x 6" piece of oak from the woodpile. My goal was to produce 1/8" veneer. Much to my delight, I was able to slice veneer of a consistent thickness with no problems what so ever. I found that feed rate is crucial to limiting the "wavering" pattern you might get on your work pieces.Conclusion
The installation was easy and the downtime experienced was minimal. I was able to install the riser block, calibrate the bandsaw, and try resawing all in the same night.
I would highly recommend this economical upgrade to your bandsaw. For those who have a Delta bandsaw, they make a version of the Riser Block that is much the same as Jet's.Suggestions