Introduction: Straight and Curved Cuts on the Bandsaw
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.