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    What size band saw blade do you suggest?

    I want to try my hand at some band saw boxes. What size blade and teeth should I look to get. I'm guessing about 1/4 inch and about 6 teeth per inch. Does this sound about right or should I have more teeth per inch?

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    tom, check out my bandsaw thread in the new tools area. jim sent me a link to timberwolf. good people, they helped me select the blades for my new bandsaw.
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    The tooth count needs to be selected based on the thickness of the wood you're cutting. Ideally, you should have three to four teeth in the wood at all times - less and you risk breaking off a tooth, more and the gullets between teeth will fill up too fast. So... if you're sawing 3/4" stock, you'll need between 4tpi and 6tpi.

    You can do work like this with as narrow a blade as 1/8"; that'll give you tight curves if the blade has a good set to it. A 1/4" blade with a wide set can turn pretty sharp curves, too, much wider than a 1/4" blade with very little set.

    How tight would you like to make those curves?
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    i use a 6 tooth 1/4" on my smalle Bsaw and have cut everything upto 2"white oak with it. and tim i made some nice tight curves threw your parts this spring those roads are fun to drive on at dusk with a decoy in frt
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    What size band saw blade do you suggest?

    Tom
    I use 1/8" - 1/4" & 3/16" blade from Timberwolf - I've really never paid any attention to the # of teeth, I just order the width.

    The 1/8 breaks easily, its real important to have the tension and guides set up as perfect as you can. Actually this is true for all widths , but especially the 1/8"

    The two books that help me are Sculpted Band Saw Boxes and Building Beautiful Boxes With Your Band Saw both by Lois Keener Ventura.

    To quote a line I read on the internet, "They should not be called Band Saw Boxes - They should be called sanding boxes" I can cut one out in 15 minutes - I'll spend a week or more sanding it.

    Please post your results

    Jiggs Elphison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggs Elphison View Post
    To quote a line I read on the internet, "They should not be called Band Saw Boxes - They should be called sanding boxes" I can cut one out in 15 minutes - I'll spend a week or more sanding it.
    I LIKE that! Thanks, Jiggs!
    -- Tim --

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