Essential Bandsaw Blades
With this basic kit, your bandsaw can tackle any task
Synopsis: Choosing the right bandsaw blade need not be confusing. While the number of combinations possible with different tooth pitch, tooth profile, and blade size are endless, a set of three blades gives you enough versatility and performance to get any job done well. Roland Johnson says a 3⁄8-in.-wide, 6-tpi hook-tooth blade, a 1⁄4-in., 10-tpi regular tooth blade, and a 1⁄2-in., 3-tpi hook-tooth blade are all you need in the shop.
Bandsaws are the most versatile power tool in most woodworking shops. They can rip, resaw, cut circles and curves, and even crosscut without the risk of dangerous kickback. The key to getting the best results is picking the right blade for each job.
The choices can be confusing. you must understand how the blade width, the number of teeth per inch (tpi), and the tooth geometry all affect the cut you are trying to make. On top of that, you have to consider the wood’s thickness. To help you make the right choices, I’ve come up with a basic set of blades that can perform all of the typical furniture-shop cutting chores. Turns out, three blades are all you really need.
While there isn’t a single bandsaw blade that does it all, having one that’s well suited for a variety of tasks will not only make your day-to-day tasks easier, but will also speed up your work. If any blade could be considered all-purpose, a 3⁄8-in., 6-tpi, hook-tooth, high-carbon-steel blade would be it. This blade has enough width to handle most ripcuts in material up to 2 in. thick without deflecting, but is narrow enough to cut mild curves. It’s also good for quick crosscuts. Following the rule of three teeth in the wood at all times, the 6-tpi blade is best suited for material 1⁄2…