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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by SFenn, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. SFenn

    SFenn TDPRI Member

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    Aug 27, 2011
    SoCal
    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.

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve
     
  2. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    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
    Woodcraft
    Woodworker's Supply
    Highland Hardware
    Tyler Tools
    etc.
     
  3. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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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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  5. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    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.
     
  6. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    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.
     
  7. Bronkowitz

    Bronkowitz Tele-Meister

    122
    May 20, 2011
    Chicago
    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.
     
  8. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lake Jackson, TX
    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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