Most woodworkers don’t give much thought to the stock guides that come with a bandsaw. This article offers an anatomy lesson on guides and explains how to choose replacements. Detailed in the article are steel blocks, Cool Blocks, and hardwood, ceramic, and Iturra blocks. Author Tim Albers explains replacement block assemblies, including Carter’s Micro-Precision and Wright guides, and American- and European-style bearing assemblies. The article describes how to know if you should replace the guide assembly or just the blocks.

From Fine Woodworking #148