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Choosing the Right Bandsaw Blade for Woodworking

By Laguna Tools on March, 19 2020
Choosing the Right Bandsaw Blade

When it comes to bandsaws, woodworkers have a lot of options in front of them. Completely different from a hand-held saw or a chainsaw, a bandsaw is a power saw that uses a long, thin, toothed blade made of metal to slice through pieces of wood.

Working with lumber can be tricky using manual tools, which is why the bandsaw is a must-have power tool for any woodworking shop. It creates the perfect uniformed cuts every time.

The key is to choose the right blade for the right cut. If you’ve heard the phrase “Not everything requires a hammer,” then you are aware that different situations may require more precision and skill than others.

This can be the case for many woodworking projects, which is why blade choice is very important.

In this post, we will go over the various types of blades you can use with our bandsaws for your next woodworking job. This can also serve as a handy reference to go back to if you forget what a specific type of bandsaw blade is best used for.

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Bandsaw Blade Sizes

First, we have the smallest member of the bandsaw blade family known as the petite 1/4-inch blade. It has a tooth profile of hook-toothed blades, and it is available in three different models.

The first is a 4 tooth-per-inch (TPI) profile that cuts quickly but produces a rougher result. The second is a 6 TPI profile that is slightly slower and generates finer results.

Finally, the 14 TPI profile is significantly slower than the other two blades, but it provides woodworkers with a smooth result.

All of these 1/4-inch blades are great for cutting details and even small circles into wood materials.

Next, we have the 3/8-inch blades. Only slightly larger than the 1/4-inch blades, these come in only two tooth profiles.

First is a 4 TPI, and the second is a 14 TPI. These offer a bit more control than larger blades, and they can still produce nice details in wood.

If you are looking for a bandsaw blade to stellar curves, you may want to take a look at the 1/2-inch blade options.

Available in two tooth profiles, we’ve got a 3 TPI and a 14 TPI. For larger projects such as a rocking chair, the 14 TPI will leave you with a smooth finish. These blades are also ideal for any re-sawing work that you need to get done.

Then, we have the 3/4-inch bandsaw blade. Only available in one tooth profile, this blade is a 3 TPI. It’s perfect for creating circular objects such as tabletops. It delivers fast results too.

Moving up to the 1-inch bandsaw blade is a whole new territory. Referred to as extra thick blades, we’ve got three unique tooth profiles.

The first is a 1.3 TPI blade. Although it gives fast, rough results, it’s perfect for breaking up larger wood pieces into more manageable sections.

The second is a 3 TPI blade. This one is thicker and heavier, and it is best used on larger bandsaws.

The third is a 6 TPI, and it moves at a slower rate and produces a smoother result. Both of these 1-inch blades are great for re-sawing work too.


Our Favorite Specialty Blade

We’ve got one bandsaw blade, in particular, that is our favorite. This is the resawing blade. As a specialty blade designed for creating precise, smoothed, finished cuts, this beauty will be a frequently used piece of equipment in your woodworking shop.


Choosing the Right Bandsaw Blade

All of our bandsaw blades are manufactured from Swedish silicon steel. The same goes for the re-swing blade, but the difference is all in the teeth.

It doesn’t have a typical set of teeth like the other blades we’ve mentioned. This blade has carbide-tipped teeth that have been designed with a shoulder over each tooth to prevent overfeeding.

You don’t want to get ahead of yourself and push the wood through this blade too quickly. The goal is to produce a smooth, finished product, and this blade does just that.

Another special thing about the re-sawing blade is that the carbide teeth can be resharpened.

We recommend packaging the blade in a box and shipping it to us here at Laguna Tools. Our experts will resharpen the specialty carbide teeth on the original machine that the blade was cut from.

Once the resharpening process is complete, we will ship it back to you. You will receive your original blade, but it will look like its brand new once we’re done with it.

This improves the overall lifespan of the blade, which is great since this is one you will be using quite often.


Industrial Bandsaws

Laguna Tools offers a wide range of classic and industrial bandsaws for all types of woodworking shops.

We’ve got a total of 13 bandsaw machines to pick from varying in size, strength, and resaw height. Keep in mind that some bandsaw blades may not be compatible with every bandsaw machine.

There are specifications listed under each specific product listing for your convenience.

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Sharing Our Knowledge

Our experts love to share their knowledge with other passionate woodworkers. That’s why we created a video series explains how our various woodworking machines work. We have instructional videos on all of our products.

If you would like to learn more about bandsaws in particular, you might enjoy our series of videos on choosing the right bandsaw, finding the perfect bandsaw blade, and choosing the appropriate bandsaw speed.

We also have several how-to videos that show you how to install your new bandsaw step-by-step. This covers everything from unboxing to setting up the base and installing attachment to proper maintenance and care.

Want to learn more about bandsaw blades and our other woodworking products? Get in touch with our experts here at Laguna Tools today or visit our products page.

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