Soup Up Your 14-in. Bandsaw
For resawing, these upgrades will greatly improve performance
Synopsis: John White, Fine Woodworking’s shop manager, explains how to make minor modifications to a cast-iron bandsaw that transform it into an effective resawing machine. His illustrated instructions include adding a riser block to increase cutting capacity, choosing the correct blade, and building an auxiliary fence to support wide stock. His upgrade will enable you to start resawing stock as wide as 12. in. He also describes an advanced upgrade for those looking for more challenge.
The classic 14-in. cast-iron bandsaw, developed by Delta Machinery back in the 1930s, was designed mostly for making curved pattern cuts in relatively thin boards. Delta still makes that saw here in the United States. Over the years, it has changed little. Along the way, it even served as a model for several of the Asian-made clones currently sold in the United States, including a couple now marketed by Delta.
Nowadays, though, it seems…