Hey /diy/ers makers,
let's have a Tools Thread. Discussions, Queries & Requests all about tools.
I'm thinking on the need of a bandsaw, do you think it viable to cut 200x120x2600mm logs of oak into smaller chunks, glue them, then make 30mm boards out of them ?
Long story: I've for the moment used a few plain wood on my projects. Mostly plywood, MDF and isorel. I was recently trying to get hands on some birch and poppler plywoods for a prioject. It's kinda impossible to get some.
So thinking about getting a bandsaw to cut them is nice.. I've seen some Metabo tools at afordable pricings. Can a 300$ bandsaw eat 9 feet logs easily or is it just useless to think about it ? Is this budget too low for a descent work ?
Thinking about going for plain wood is a natural step into woodworking and a bandsaw is a necessary tool for me now, If I want to craft better tables top and so on... I'm open to your advises.
A 9ft log is a little unwieldy for a bandsaw. How about using a chain saw mill first? Also, jointing 9 ft planks would be a bitch I'd think unless you routed the edge with a tongue/groove.
Hope your wood isn't green either, shit has to air dry a few years or rent out a kiln.
I don't want to palm you off with another youtuber but have a look at Matthias Wandel.
I learned alot about workshop woodworking tools from his channel.
>Hope your wood isn't green either, shit has to air dry a few years or rent out a kiln.
That's a good point. I was watching at supplies where I usually buy my plywood and saw in the list logs of Oak. They sell it for House building. I guess it's already dry enough since it's made for weighting roof structures. The price was really affordable, about 35$.
Going to post appropriate woodgears video.
The issue with chainsaw mills is they turn a TON of wood into chips compared to a bandsaw mill. i think a 3/8" kerf vs 1/8"?
So over a 2' wide log milled into 2x boards (plain sawn) you get just over 8 full sized boards of wood, and another 1.5" thick board (including the shitty end boards that are lots of bark)
With a band mill, you would get just over 11 2" thick boards. Also, bandsaw mills tend to be a slightly finer finish on the boards, so if they don't warp too much while drying, you need to plane less off to get a good surface.
To be fair though, a commercial bandmill is a few k to buy, a chainsaw mill is a few c's.