August Meeting: Tuning and Maintaining the Bandsaw

When: 8 August 2020, 9:30am to 12:00pm

Where: ,

Next Meeting: Saturday August 8, 2020 9:30 (virtual meeting)
Tuning and maintaining the Bandsaw.
Meeting details are provided to members below and will be emailed to members as well.

Hello Fellow WPW Members,

I hope this email finds you well and busy at work in your shops. It seems like summer is often a time when woodworking gets put on hold while we pursue outdoor activities and projects, but with all of the time that I’ve been spending at home for these last five months, it seems like “projects” is all that I’ve been doing, most of which involve wood in some way (although, I’m counting trimming trees/bushes and spreading mulch as “working with wood!”). The good news is that my to-do list is getting shorter and some old projects that have hanging out there for a long time are finally done; the odd combination of retirement and a pandemic have resulted in lots of time.

As promised in some of our earlier emails, we’re having a second summer meeting (details below) to, in my opinion, more than make up for the missed March meeting when we shifted to virtual meetings. As much as we all miss being able to get together once a month, I sincerely hope that you’re enjoying the virtual meetings as much as I am. Each month I have received several emails or phone calls from members expressing their, dare I say, delight in what we’ve been able to pull off, and I would appreciate the continued feedback, both positive and negative, as we continue to fine-tune our efforts at virtual programming.

We are extremely fortunate to have members with program development, website, and A/V technical skills who were able to keep us going, hardly missing a beat. Interestingly, our forced move to virtual meetings has hastened our review of our A/V equipment and procedures, to see what we need to do to improve/augment our meeting presentations. To this end, I have just received a thorough proposal from an ad hoc committee (James Gabello, Kendra Swartzentruber, Alex Botkin) that outlines logical next steps and the costs associated with them. I’ll be presenting more details in the future once a thorough review of our options has taken place.

As for the 2020/2021 program year to begin in September, it’s safe to assume that we will be continuing with our virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. The seating in the shop is cramped, the ventilation poor, and our typical attendance is well beyond the state’s limit for indoor events (at least the donuts are good!). I think that we will all know when it’s getting closer to a time when we can safely physically meet, but I don’t see that yet in my very cloudy crystal ball. I welcome your thoughts on how the club should eventually come out of this health crisis, and I will keep them private if you so wish.

August Meeting

If my past experiences with WPW member Dean Ridgeway are any guide, we have a real treat coming up for our August meeting on bandsaws. I have consulted with Dean on several equipment questions over the years and have recently used his top-notch services for machinery maintenance/renovations — he knows his stuff and is thorough in his approach, so I’m expecting to learn a lot from his presentation.

Please read Dean’s program description below and plan on joining me this Saturday.

Regards, Bill James
Band saws are found in many shops and have the capability for a variety of cuts including rip cuts, crosscuts, resawing, stopped or corner cuts, and irregular curved cuts. There are plenty of reasons to head to your band saw over other machines, but having the saw tuned for optimal performance is critical for it to be your “go-to” machine. For over ten years, I’ve been providing service and support to schools, individuals, and businesses on machinery and many times band saws are a machine in need with plenty of components that are simply out of adjustment or alignment.

Band saws come in many different wheel sizes from benchtop 10” to industrial 36” and beyond. Even though these are completely different machines in terms of size and capacity, they perform similar duties and have common components including wheels, tires, motor, blade guides, tilting table, and guards. I recently acquired a broken Wilton 14” multi-speed wood/metal cutting band saw and have been working on repairing and tuning for it to become a staple machine of my own shop. That machine will be the presentation focus with demonstrations on several aspects of band saw tune-ups including tire replacement, table to blade adjustment, blade tension, types of blade guides and their adjustments, lubrication, maintenance, and storage.

I hope that after spending some time virtually in my shop you leave the meeting with some band saw maintenance tips, tricks, and techniques that you can use to keep the band saw in your shop your “go-to” machine.

Dean Ridgeway’s Bio:

Technology Education teacher at Kiski Area High School 29 years

Tech. Ed. Department Head for the past 9 years

Bachelors (1991) and Masters (1997) Degrees in Technology Education

Owner of Ridgeway’s Machine Maintenance since 2010

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