Resawing on the Bandsaw
For predictable results, use a high fence and a very tight blade
Synopsis: Ronald Volbrecht makes guitars from extremely rare hardwoods. When it’s time to resaw these irreplaceable planks, he doesn’t want anything to go wrong. Over the years, he learned how to adjust his bandsaw for consistent results with little waste. He can get 3/32-in.-thick guitar backs from resawn boards that are only 1/8 in. thick. In this article, he tells how to upgrade your motor and pulleys, how to choose a good blade and keep it tight, how to set the speed, and how to tighten adjusting screws and set the fence. He feeds the stock in slowly and supports it. A side article by Anatole Burkin of Fine Woodworking explains how two tool manufacturing representatives advise maintaining and using a bandsaw.
I buy quilted maple for the backs and the sides of the guitars I make from a friend who is a lumber grader. Each year he…