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Old January 25th, 2013, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what type of saw is used to cut thin boards like fretboards or Acoustic Tops

what type of saw is used to cut thin boards like fret boards or Acoustic Tops?
i have some nice boards of mahogany and cedar and want to know how to cut them down to thin fretboard depth sizes

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Old January 25th, 2013, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you mean taking thin slices off a somewhat thick board, that would require a bandsaw.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep. Bandsaw then planer.
I've done it with handsaws but I don't recommend it unless you have a day to kill. Slow going and difficult to keep straight.
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Table saw or band saw. On a table saw I take a couple passes flipping the board over each pass. Most the time I use the band saw but I also have a drum sander it's a real time saver.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 05:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A good bandsaw/accurate fence/good setup on the bandsaw and a drum sander or planer (prefer drum sander)
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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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it's known as resawing…. and requires a bit of skill and a correctly setup bandsaw…

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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Acoustic tops/sides/backs are typically resawn to a thicker than needed thickness .
From there they , tops and backs are joined . After that you can hand plane or thickness them to finished size .
While it is more labor intensive , using a hand plane leaves you wit a surface that does not require sanding .
Fretboards are small enough in width to be easily rough cut on a table saw . You just sacrifice more wood with a thicker table saw blade . At 1/4" in thickness , they really are not thin . Tops , sides and backs are typically cut in the .180 range and worked from there .
I resaw , so this is just not book/internet wisdom . I use a Grizzly G0513X2 bandsaw with a 1" Lenox Woodmaster CT resaw blade .
Once you have a resaw bandsaw set up , it is fairly easy and simple to do .
2 things to remember are that resaw bandsaws are usually dedicated use tools and you need to to have true and square stock to work with in order to get good results .
Now , if you will excuse me , I will go out to the shop , plug in the glue pot and join a walnut acoustic back set that I cut .
Oh yes , there are true resaw saws that are built to do 1 thing only and do it well as compared to the commonly recognized vertical bandsaw .
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Old January 26th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You will lose the least material in the form of saw blade kerf using a band saw for re-sawing.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 05:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You can use the table saw for some of the cut on both sides of your billet and then finish up on the bandsaw against a fence using the saw kerfs as your guide. That way the blade essentially stays in the kerf and you are bandsawing less wood so the blad won't wander as much. You wlll need to plane or thickness sand the parts after they are cut. Make sure your bandsaw can accomodate the thickness of wood between the guides. A good 14" bandsaw usually has a height attachment accessory that will allow you to go from a 6" high space to a 11" or so space. I am not sure that is the case with smaller bandsaws. A 1/2" wide and new blade is helpful too.
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