How to Resaw Wood on Bandsaw

cutting-wood-with-bandsaw A bandsaw is a versatile tool that can be used to do many different tasks, including resawing wood. Resawing is the process of taking a log and cutting it into boards or slices with your bandsaw blade. You can read this blog post for tips on how to resaw wood on your band saw today!



How to Resaw Wood on Bandsaw

1 step

First, you need to make sure you have your bandsaw tuned. The blade needs to be tight and the legs on the bottom of the bandsaw should be adjusted so that they are just barely touching the top wheel. Any more pressure on this wheel will cause binding and any less will not allow for a consistent cut.

2 step

You also need to adjust your guides correctly, if they are too high or low it can cause some issues with resawing wood on a bandsaw. If the guides are too high it could possibly cause kickback, tear out or burn marks where ever they may be hitting against each other or the table. If they are too low they will not guide the blade through evenly which causes inconsistency in your cuts.

3 step

Your workpiece needs to be flat on the table as well, if it is not then you will not be able to resaw successfully. You can flatten your wood by making a line along the length of the piece after it’s been cut and taking a chisel and shaving down that part of the board until it is flat against the table. This will also cause consistency in your cuts.

4 step

Before starting any bandsaw project you need to make sure that your blade tension is correct. If this is too tight or too lose you won’t be able to cut properly. To check this, turn on your machine and let it run for a couple of minutes so that there’s enough movement from cooling down. Next, turn the wheel that raises your blade until it almost touches the table. With one hand grasp the blade on either side of the wheel by reaching across your saw top and with the other hand spin the wheel to see if there’s any play.

If you can move it back and forth more than 1/8 inch then you need to tighten it. Once done, repeat this process by turning the wheel even tighter and spinning it again to check for play once more. Each time you adjust tension do it in small increments, don’t just go crazy all at once!

5 step

Now that your tension is correct you can move on to cutting wood! Before starting I want you to think about what you making because each project might need a  slightly different cut. Most projects are just a simple straight line but the angle of your board’s edge might need to be adjusted depending on what you’re making. On most saws there is a little knob at the back on one side of the blade that will adjust the angle of your wood as it leaves the table, make sure it’s in an appropriate setting for your project!

6 step

Place your first piece down flat against your wood fence and hold it in place with one hand. This is important because if you let go while pushing forward then that board could fly off, not good! Now with some pressure push forward keeping even pressure between both hands moving towards yourself. *TIP- Don’t apply too much downward pressure, once your saw is in full motion you shouldn’t have to use too much. Also, try not to press your wrist into the blade, it can cause chattering and slow you down considerably.

7 step

Now that one board has been cut free it’s time to move on to the next! Repeat steps 3-6 until all boards required for your project are finished cutting. At this point I recommend unplugging your saw, moving your fence back to the starting position (this should be just before where our first board was cut), and then repeating everything again!

What is Resawing Wood?

If you’re a woodworker or a hobbyist, chances are you’ve heard the word “resawing.” But what does it really mean? In short, resawing is the process of cutting a board into two thinner boards. Though this sounds pretty simple, it can be a very time-consuming and tedious task.

It is much easier to purchase lumber that has already been cut down into smaller pieces but if you want to save money and/or recycle your scrap wood by turning it into something useful, then this might just be for you! If anything, an afternoon spent on the bandsaw turning old scraps into usable boards will give your shop some serious character!

Why resaw wood?

Resawn wood is especially appreciated by fine furniture makers because it can produce a very smooth surface on both sides of a board with only one sanding operation. Resawing also enables you to choose which side of the board you want as the top side since each side will have different grain patterns after being sawn through. Most commercial lumberyards charge extra for this service, but if you do it yourself, you can have the best of both worlds.


Hopefully, this blog post has helped you understand how to resaw wood on a bandsaw. Now that you know the basics, it’s time for you to try your hand at doing some sawing of your own! Remember these steps and make sure to sharpen your blade before starting so that it can do its job efficiently. If any questions come up along the way or if you need help with other aspects of woodworking, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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