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Old 06-17-05, 10:45 PM
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Question Tools for outdoor furniture

I am a self taught outdoor furniture maker looking for some advice. I am looking for an attachment to grind away sapwood.
What is the best saw for doing curved cuts on up to 80mm thick wood. I am using a jig/sabre saw. There has to be an easier way.
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Old 06-18-05, 11:13 PM
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A small bandsaw would do the job for you if you're cutting mainly along the length of the stock. Even a little 9 inch benchtop version would have a capacity of almost 4 inches(101 mm or so).
 
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Old 06-19-05, 12:03 AM
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Thanks for that Dave. I am cutting out bench ends 600mm wide be 900mm highto a pattern. How much movement would a small bandsaw allow.
 
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Old 06-19-05, 05:51 AM
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The diameter of a circle that any bandsaw can cut, is determined by the size of the saw blade. A typical bench top 9" band saw with a 3/8" blade can cut a 3" circle as best I can recall (or is it 6" ?). If you need a smaller circle, then you can easily buy a 1/4" blade for smaller circles.
 
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Old 06-19-05, 11:38 PM
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Kerry, if you're cutting boards that big it could get a little tricky, depending on what your pattern is like and how it's laid out on your stock. The vertical capacity is one thing, but the horizontal capacity on a benchtop is only 9 or 10 inches(229-254mm). In other words, there would be about 229-254 mm between the blade and the body of the saw.

If this is similiar to what you're doing, the red lines indicate cuts that you could make with such a tool, and you'd have to get creative with a couple. If you were cutting using a template it would help because you could flip the board over and use the template to finish cuts that you may run out of room for on one side.

On this pattern, with the armrest part above the capacity of the bandsaw for that part of the board, you'd be stuck with your jigsaw.

<img src="http://home.comcast.net/~dklink913/bsbench.jpg">

I'm not certain exactly what your pattern is like of course, so it may not apply. It could demonstrate the possible limitations you could face with a band saw though. Also be aware that these saws come with fairly small tables, and maneuvering stock that size on one could get tricky as well.

You could also try a slightly larger one, 12 or 14 inches.

If you decide to give it a go, get the fewest teeth per inch blade you can find for cutting stock that thick.
 

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Old 06-21-05, 01:24 AM
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Thanks for that. The measurements for my bench ends are 900 high by 600 wide. I made up a set today and the jigsawing didnt take so long as I had cut them to only 60mm thickness. What took me all the time was grinding, chiselling, chainsawing away the half rotten sapwood. I hear there is a tool that fits on a drill used to gauge out bowls by woodturners.

That may be what I need most as it is very timeconsuming.

Thanks again for the advice.
 
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Old 06-21-05, 07:39 AM
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There is a chainsaw wheel attachment that fits on a 4" hand held grinder. They look interesting but a friend of mine nearly cut his finger off with it.
 
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Old 06-21-05, 07:57 AM
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I have seen in catalogs the chainsaw type blade that fits on a 4" grinder. They look scary!! Anyway, the ones I have seen are called Lancelot and they are made by King Arthur's Tools. http://www.katools.com/
 
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Old 07-01-05, 01:06 AM
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Thanks for that . I bought one and yes they are scary. The whole grinder and all fly at you when you get kickback, but very effective, I am now gauging artistic holes in my bench backs.
By the way , you can see my furniture at www.wekawood.com
All feedback appreciated. I need some new designs to.

Next question. I am using green macrocarpa and Mould spots appear which ruin the finish - any ideas ?
 
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