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    Audible bandsaw tension gauge

    So I took what I learned in that poll of plucked bandsaw blades (the one here and the one at SMC) and I created a web site where I allow the user to take a few measurements of their blade and saw, and determine the optimum frequency of their plucked blade based upon their desired tension.

    You can use a $13 chromatic tuner (like this one) to check your bandsaw's blade and see how close you are.

    It should be pretty darn accurate. Probably more accurate than any clamp-on gauge.

    If you're interested in taking a look, the page is here:

    http://www.cgallery.com/jpthien/tg.htm

    Let me know what you think.

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    Cool stuff, Phil. I've got some new bandsaw blades on order, and I'll give this a try. Your theory seems sound (no pun intended). There are a number of very experienced guys who tension their bandsaws by sound. They may not know the actual frequency, but they know when it's the right note.
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    i couldn`t tell you an e-sharp from an f-flat but i tension blades by "pluckin" and it works well for me
    good luck on your project phil, i hope it`ll make folks lifes easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    i couldn`t tell you an e-sharp from an f-flat but i tension blades by "pluckin" and it works well for me
    good luck on your project phil, i hope it`ll make folks lifes easier.
    Tod, I'll bet you a steak dinner that when you "tune" your saw tension you end up within a half step of the same note each time. You don't have to know the names of the notes to be able to duplicate them.
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    I usually play Dixie on mine the first "look-a-way" is usually right tension for 1/2"

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    Very interesting project Phil. I've got a tuner so when I can get back out to the shop I'll give it a go. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    i couldn`t tell you an e-sharp from an f-flat but i tension blades by "pluckin" and it works well for me
    good luck on your project phil, i hope it`ll make folks lifes easier.
    Musically speaking, an E-Sharp is an F, and an F-flat is an E.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    Musically speaking, an E-Sharp is an F, and an F-flat is an E.
    This is totally a guess, but I suspect he knew that. I was gonna tell him they're exactly the same as B-sharp and C-flat, just higher. Or lower. Depends on which side of Equator you're on, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    i couldn`t tell you an e-sharp from an f-flat but i tension blades by "pluckin" and it works well for me
    good luck on your project phil, i hope it`ll make folks lifes easier.
    Yes but when you pluck the saw what sound do you expect? I clean one I guess but always the same disregarding the sawblade width?

    Tensioning my bandsaw is something I still don't know wether I'm doing right or wrong but I'm cutting pretty well so...
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    well toni in tods area its dixie, in vaughns well its probally rock,, but in spain it must be the sound of the bulls running threw the streets or the clacking and stompping of the feet in a monarachi dancer( spelt wrong dont have a clue how to get that one right
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