Straight and Curved Cuts on the Bandsaw

Introduction: Straight and Curved Cuts on the Bandsaw

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Step 1: Making Curved Cuts

Blades have a minimum cut radius depending on the width of the blade.

Forcing a blade to make too tight of a radius will result in friction that heats the work and blade, causing damage to both.

Make relief cuts to create a small radius.

When making relief cuts you must stop the blade completely before backing it out.

Step 2: Making Straight Cuts

Every band saw has some amount of drift. While cutting straight with the blade, it will pull to one side or the other.

  • Adjust the angle of your work to make a straight cut.
  • Using the fence can help to make a straight cut.

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