| Although it just
plain baffles some woodworkers, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be surprised
at what you can do, even on a small bandsaw. Here’s what you need to make
it all happen: blade selection, shop-made jigs, setup and cutting tips.
One big reason: money. If you want thin stock for small boxes or drawers, it’s a lot cheaper to make your own than to buy it. Some wood dealers actually make thin stock by planing down 4/4 material, so it ends up being more expensive to buy less wood!
With wood prices going through the roof, making veneer can stretch your woodworking dollars. Slicing veneer on your bandsaw can change one bd. ft. of precious, expensive wood into six sq. ft. of veneer.
You can also transform those dusty chunks of apple or crotch wood out in your garage into free lumber by resawing. You could make a project entirely from a tree felled in your own yard. Resawing gives you access to the marvelous possibilities of free or cheap local logs.
Feature Article • Bandsaw Resawing • Page 46 • August 2000