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    Resaw questions, now with pictures

    I am going to try and book match a panel. Going to use 5/4 stock and split it. Do I need to prep the board first? ie, Joint one side and edge first?

    Any advice, let it out. Don't hold back.
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    Don't know much about the questions you've asked, but I will say good blades make a difference. I had some blades I was trying to use for resawing on my 14" delta that would wander like someone with a belly full of bourbon. I got some new Ellis blades and they tracked as straight as a laser....

    I'd say before you put the good wood under the blade, do a little testing with something cheaper and more plentiful....
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    Well I have a timber wolf resaw to try out. I also have a whole stack of Ellis, you just can't wear them out.

    I should mention, it is just some old wood. I just want to try my hand at it. Never know, one day I might have to do it for real and might need the experience.
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    For the little bit of resawing I've done, I planed both faces and one edge. That way I had a flat reference face on both halves. From there, it was back to the planer to flatten the cut faces and make both halved the same thickness.
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    I joint the face and one edge and then plane the faces parallel. As Vaughn states; that way, once I resaw I have two known flat faces to use as a reference surface. I use a similar technique if I am resawing multiple slices off the same blank:
    - Face joint
    - Edge joint
    - Plane faces parallel
    - Saw off a slice
    - Re plane faces parallel on the larger source piece
    - Saw off a slice
    - Re plane faces parallel on the larger source piece
    - Saw off a slice
    - Re plane faces parallel on the larger source piece
    - etc.
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    Thanks gents, that is what I was thinking.
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    I've been doing a fair amount of re-saw in the past couple of weeks, slicing 8/4 in half to make 3/4" finished stock; in thirds for 1/2" finished stock. I've sliced some to 3/16" to make veneers and edge-banding, also. I do pretty much what the others have said with the exception that I joint one face and one edge, then start sawing. I get such a smooth cut with a 3tpi 1/2" Ellis that I don't joint before subsequent cuts.

    As to different blades made for resawing, the first one I got was a Timberwolf 3/4". It was OK but I wasn't totally satisfied. Next, I got a Woodslicer and it gave much better cuts. I can't really tell a difference between the Woodslicer and the 3tpi Ellis.
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    Where do you buy Ellis blades, and how pricey are they? I've bought my bandsaw blades from BCSaw.com, and they've been good. Just wondering if Ellis is better. Anybody have experience comparing them? Sorry for the hijack.

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    I ordered directly from Ellis after hearing about them on a forum - not sure if it was here. ellissaw.com

    Pricing was better than anywhere else, too.
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