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Cutting Edge Band Saw Tips & Tricks

Cutting Edge Band Saw Tips & Tricks
by Kenneth Burton

Popular Woodworking Books: 2004
Paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-702-6

     The band saw is one of the most versatile machines in the woodshop, and with the right jigs and fixtures, it can perform more cutting tasks more efficiently than other power tools. Ken Burton shows how to set up an auxiliary table with a miter gauge slot that adjusts for blade drift, how to cut tapers, use templates and cut multiple curves. He shows basic resaw techniques, use of a single point fence and how to make shop-cut veneers.
     Bandsaw joinery is included, with large clear photographs of step-by-step techniques. There is a chapter on three-dimensional cutting, illustrating its use for puzzles, hollow diamond ornaments and cabriole legs. Bandsaw tune up is covered, and then three chapters of projects: bandsawn boxes, a wall hung DVD cabinet, and a console table with curved legs. The project photos are well lit and cover the important steps necessary for a successful project.
     Burton offers the construction of many jigs throughout the book, including a circle cutting jig, a veneer jointing jig, a router mortising jig and a bandsaw dovetail jig. There are a lot of useful techniques here, from making wooden hinges to cutting bandsawn bowls. With hints and tips and sidebars throughout, the book includes a lot of information to help make your band saw the real workhorse of the wood shop.

. . . Barb Siddiqui