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Metal cutting blades in fine woodwork - is it common? Answered

My grandfather did a lot of very fine woodwork -- the man was an expert. We inherited a bandsaw and some blades a while back and we replaced the blade (a wood blade) with a blade that appears to be a metal blade. I'm certain it is a metal blade.

Has anyone heard of a metal blade being used in fine woodwork?


A blade's a blade. The difference between a wood BANDsaw and a metal bandsaw is, apart from the metal machine being considerably stiffer, all down to blade speed. a metal cutting blade might run 10 feet per minute, a wood blade 200 feet per minute.

In hardwood, a fine blade will give a great cut. The difficulty in wood of appreciable thickness is clearing the swarf from the cut and the gullets of the blade.


The difference between a blade made for metal is that metal is denser than wood therefore there are more teeth per inch than in a blade made for wood, that it is designed to cut wood fibers. You might be able to cut wood with your blade but it may take longer and you may end with burnt marks on the wood.

We have several real woodworking experts on I'bles, so hopefully one of them will give you the Best answer. In the mean time...

I can imagine using a metal-cutting blade (all the blades are made of metal :-) on extremely hard woods like ironwood, ebony, or Ipe. Also, depending on his range of work, your grandather may have needed metal-cutting blades for other projects or fixtures. A good bandsaw should always be stocked with soft-wood, hard-wood, soft-metal, and heavy-metal cutting blades.