Essentials of Resaw Blades

Mar 20, 2018

Bandsaws can accomplish just about anything you need when it comes to woodworking. They can cut ultra-thin, smooth veneers as well as elaborate curves. Many wood projects require specific blades and saws to produce the highest quality results. When resawing, the blade choice is critical.

Resawing refers to cutting a board across the width.  A sharp blade is essential in achieving the desired outcome for such a delicate job. It is one of the most intricate and demanding jobs that a bandsaw blade will perform. A successful resaw project will result in a straight, smooth cut with little debris left to clean up.

In addition to having the right resaw blades,  a rigid, sturdy base is also needed to reduce vibration and ensure clean, smooth cuts.


Are Resaw Blades the Best Option for My Project:

There are many reasons why resaw blades are preferable to other types of band saw blades. Since they are used for delicate work, such as creating a veneer, often as narrow as 1/8-inch thick, a sharp blade is a necessity.

Standard saw blades cut the wood and are fine for general purpose work. But the texture will be course and there will be a considerable amount of waste. Resaw blades are needed for specialty projects where precise, smooth cuts are required.


How to Choose the Right Blade:

Choosing a bandsaw blade can be an overwhelming task. Most bandsaws have untreated carbon steel blades which are great for general cutting, but they won’t produce the quality results you’re looking for in a resawing project.

The aisles of your favorite tool store are filled with a variety of bandsaw blades, but how do you know which is the best resaw blade for your project?  Do you choose tungsten steel, carbon manganese spring steel or the popular cobalt molybdenum high-speed steel?

For difficult resawing projects, hard-back, hook-tooth blades do a great job. Bi-metal blades are also a good choice, they last longer but they also cost much more than hard-back blades.

Here are some features that premium resaw blades should have, this is based on outfitting a 14-inch saw:

·        Blade Thickness: the maximum thickness should be around 25-inch

·        Blade Width: use the widest blade that will work with your saw to resist bending

·        Teeth Per Inch: 3-teeth per blade is suggested to get a smooth finish without excess resisting, which can lead to overheating the bandsaw

·         Tooth Form: the hook-tooth shape is best for resawing


The Best Place to Buy Resaw Blades:

Many home and tool stores carry bandsaw blades for general use, but for highly-accurate, specialty projects that require resawing blades, you need an expert resource to recommend the perfect blade for the job.

Echols Saw & Supply has been in business for over 30-years and proudly offers welded-to-length bandsaw blades. They offer carbide tipped and bi-metal bandsaw blades, used in resawing projects. They carry some of today’s top blades including those from Wikus, WoodMaxx, Lenox and Sterling. They also carry coolants, fluids, and oil products to keep your bandsaws working at top performance.

In addition to their products, Echols Saw & Supply offers a wide range of services from custom cutting division specializing in hard-to-cut materials like stainless steel and aluminum.

Their preventive maintenance program brings trained technicians to your shop to form a 10-step maintenance program on your machines free of charge.


For more information on Echols Saw & Supply, visit their website or call 602-278-3918.