update: Jul 2017
You might not notice that bandsaw has tremendous applications rather than cutting. In this post, we will discuss what we can do with a bandsaw and I think you will be surprised by the capability of a bandsaw.
Straight cutting and cross cutting
Like any saw, one of the most basic features of a bandsaw is to perform crosscut and straight cutting. A bandsaw can be used for cutting wood (the most common one), ferrous and on ferrous metals (the high-quality unit), plastic, pipe, and some other materials. To cut different type of materials, you need to understand your bandsaw and the blade style. A proper blade will let you cut through the steel.
Irregular shape cutting
The most important feature of a bandsaw is the ability to cut irregular shape, and the only bandsaw can do this with flexibility. With practice, you can make a beautiful guitar case, a styled table leg, a curved box like those examples.
Hints: you can use cutting pattern available to make your curve cut easier.
Resaw is a specific and special feature of a bandsaw, in which you slice your wood stock into pieces. For the resawing purpose, you need a full-size bandsaw because it will require more power and cut depth/throat capacity to perform.
The maximum width you can resaw on most benchtop bandsaws is about 3-1/2”. A 14” band saw will let you to resaw at least 6”-wide pieces. When doing resaw, sometimes you might create a very thin sheet of wood (which is similar to veneer). Let’s see a veneer like wood sheet made by Gary.
There isn’t another machine tool in the shop that crosscuts, rips, resaws, cuts curves, bevels, miters, joints, cabriole legs, cones, collapsible baskets, marquetry and more. That’s why bandsaw deserves to be one of the most demanding tools by hoobyists and professionals.