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by gold stone (2019-05-13)

While it can be done with My Shed Plans Review a chain saw, many turners find it easier to do so with a band saw. One method is to flip the blank over so the flat side is down and able to sit on the band saw table. A cardboard or thin wood disk of appropriate size, ten inches in our example, is tacked to the rounded center of the section. This serves as a template to cut around. With the flat side on the table, this is now a supported cut.Green wood cutting such as this requires a blade with coarse teeth, good gullets and a wide set. Three eighths inch blades with three hook teeth fer inch tend to work well. Care is needed as for part of the cut as the wood curves down there is a lot of blade exposed, but it is easy to keep ones fingers away from the blade with reasonable caution. Sometimes a spray of cooking oil on the balde will help to relieve binding as green wood can swell with the friction of a cut. Once the blank is round it can then be mounted on the wood lathe with plenty of clearance.Band saws can also be used for straight cuts. Again, if cutting boards and squares for spindle projects and small items, it is important to establish a flat to move on the table. Unsupported cuts can cause the blade to bind pulling the work at high speed and power to the table. This can cause a broken blade or, worse, pull hands and fingers into the moving blade. If round work is to be cut it needs to be stabilized so it can not be caught or rotated by the blade.The band saw is often considered one of the safest of all the cutting tools in the power woodworking shop as it does not cause kickback as might a table saw or radial arm saw. It also provides for the curved cuts so often needed by woodturners. With simple caution and good set up it is an excellent addition to the craft.When woodworkers begin tho think about taking up woodturning the first thing they consider is buying a lathe. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to woodturning tools. Of course the cutting tools themselves, gouges, chisels, parting tools and so on need to be gotten but so are a few other tools which can be considered necessary for the craft. Thankfully, many of them are already in many home workshops.