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Old January 21st, 2013, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where do you get your belts & blades?

Where is everyone buying their sanding belts and bandsaw blades?
While we're at it, school me a little on best blade types for the guitar building process.
Things like blades used to resaw maple for a top or cutting out an ash body.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I get most of my sanding supplies at Klingspor's Woodworking Shop.

And use Timberwolf or Olsen band saw blades.
I have a smaller bandsaw, so I can only resaw 6" without the riser kit, and my old Rockwell saw will only accommodate a 1/2" 4TPI blade. If I need to resaw more than that, I have a friend with a bandsaw with 12" resaw capacity, and he uses a 1" blade.
Many online sites for blades and sanding supplies.
Lee Valley
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 10:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I get most of my supplies from Lee Valley. Order online and it's delivered to my door a couple days later.

I go to work before stores open... and I come home after most have closed... and I work 3 Saturdays out of every month... so Mail order is the most convenient option for me.
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Woodcraft for blades. I used to get the abrasives at Sears but not lately as they seem to carry less than they used to. I resaw tops with a minimum of 1/2" wide blade...usually 4-6 teeth per inch. I start the maple on the table saw and do as much as I can there and then finish with the bandsaw.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I get the bandsaw blades from Woodcraft. Timberwolf blades, 111" 3 or 4 tpi, 1" wide for resawing. For general purpose body cutting, I usually use 111" 3/8" wide blades with a higher tooth count. I like the 1/4" blades (10 tpi) for the ability to cut tight curves, but they wear out and break pretty quickly.

My Rikon saw is a real workhorse, I can resaw 13" maple if I'm careful. Once I sliced a top off a swamp ash tele, hollowed out the inside, and reapplied the sawed top. One of the lightest guitars I built, well under 6 lbs. fully dressed.
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Thicker blades are easier to saw straight (resawing). Thinner blades are easier for tight curves (sawing body blanks). I use a 1/4" blade for body blanks. Can't remember what TPI it is, though. I got mine from Sears since my bandsaw is a hand-me-down Craftsman. Neither Menards, Lowes, nor Home Depot near me carry the 80-inch blades I need.

One thing about resawing, for a 7-8 inch wide board for bookmatching, I saw it on both sides with the table saw and finish off the last few inches in between with a handsaw since my bandsaw can't handle it. It's not the most eifficent way to do it for thin veneers because of the table saw kerf, but my bandsaw doesn't have the clearance for those boards.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 12:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Timberwolf 1/2" for resawing. Olsen 1/4" for almost everything else. I have bought from Amazon and the prices are OK.
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