HMS Warrior 1781

October 21, 2008

Milling wood

Filed under: misc,Vol. 2 — admin @ 11:32 am

I am experimenting with milling my own wood for volume 2.  I bought a Ryobi 9″ bandsaw last year and had fiddled around with milling wood at that time, but the blade was so thin (errr, cheap), that I couldn’t get it to cut a straight line (cuts were very wavy). There was also a significant drift of about 30 degrees.  I gave up. Recently, I ordered a new custom made Timberwolf blade from PS Wood Machines, the teeth on this blade are all ground and not milled out like on cheaper blades and holy cow is this thing great.  In a few experiments over the weekend with some scrap plywood and oak I was able to resaw 1-2″ thick pieces into strips about as thin as 3/64 with no problem – against the rip fence and with absolutely no drift.  Nice, very nice.  I have gone ahead and ordered some boxwood and ebony to do a little bit more experimenting.  It looks like milling my own wood is now a real possibility.  There is real satisfaction (if not monetary relief) in this.

2 Comments »

  1. I’ve been toying with the idea of milling my own wood myself lately (for volume 1) so I’m glad to see you’ve had success with it. I haven’t yet bought a band saw, but when I do, I was wondering what you ended up getting for the Timberwolf blade as far as TPI? Somehow I doubt that whichever saw I have will have the actual blade I need included.

    I can’t wait to get started – I’ve got a long road ahead of me…

    Comment by frippscratch — October 22, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  2. I talked to the folks at PS Wood and used their recommendation, 6tpi.

    Comment by admin — October 23, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

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