Tool Test: Bandsaw Blades
We review nineteen 1/2-in. blades to find the fastest and smoothest
Synopsis: When it comes to choosing bandsaw blades for resawing, woodworkers have no shortage of options. We tested a number of resaw blades, limiting the field to 1/2-in. blades that fit a 14-in. saw. There are three demands we checked them against: cutting fast, flat, and smooth. Find out how these 19 blades performed, and compare their cost to their effectiveness.
From Fine Woodworking #169
Resawing is the process of cutting a board to make it thinner. And when it comes to choosing bandsaw blades for resawing, woodworkers have no shortage of options. Almost a dozen different brands are available, and it’s not unusual for each brand to offer several blades that can handle resawing tasks.
We tested a number of resaw blades in the Fine Woodworking shop. The test was limited to 1⁄2-in.- wide blades, a size well suited to resawing on a 14-in. bandsaw. The same bandsaw was used…