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How to Sharpen Bandsaw Blades (A Simple Yet Effective Guide)

bandsawA bandsaw blade is one of the most effective tools that you can have at your disposal. Still, one of the biggest struggles is trying to figure out how to resharpen your bandsaw blade. If that’s why you’re here, you’re in luck!

Below, we’re going to discuss how you can handle your blade maintenance when using your bandsaw for resawing. We know the importance of having a sharpened tool to carry out your projects!

All about five-point sharpening

When it is time for you to sharpen your bandsaw blade, you may only have to sharpen specific parts of your band. This will happen if some parts of your band have been affected by materials that are made of something other than wood.

In other cases, you might also be inclined to sharpen the whole thing. Whatever your decision is, there are four points of the blade that you’re going to want to sharpen:

  • Under the tip of your blade
  • The place where your blade comes in contact with the gullet
  • The sides of your blade tips
  • Your gullet

All about hand sharpening

When you’re manually sharpening your blade, you’ll need hand tools to help you through the process. A good example of a tool you might want to use is a hand grinder. These are handheld tools that make it easier for you to sharpen your bandsaw blade whenever you want.

The major benefit of using these tools is that they aren’t too expensive. When it comes to truly sharpen your blade, you’ll want to make sure that it’s been secured. This makes sense; after all, you don’t want to harm yourself because you didn’t secure the blade properly. You can do this by simply turning off the saw’s power supply and leaving the blade there while you sharpen it.

The back of the tip

When you’re sharpening your blade, you’ll want to make sure that your blade carves the teeth at a backward angle. This will ensure that you’re exposing the unused metal.

Under the tip

The good thing is that if you’ve done the previous step, you don’t have to sharpen under the tip of your blade. That said, you should consider filing it. You should try to buy a round file for this part and if you can, find one that will be able to follow the grooves of your blade’s tooth. Sharpen with the set.

The edges

You should treat this part of your bandsaw blade with a round file if you can. That’s because this part of your blade spans from the thicker to the smaller part of your blade, which is the inner edge of your gullet. You need to have a file that can move with the grooves.

The gullet

You usually won’t have to pay attention to this part of your blade; however, after continual heavy use, you might have to treat it. If you do, make sure you keep it flat; after all, you don’t want it to chip!

Conclusion

If you have a bandsaw and you’re trying to figure out the best way to have it sharpened, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because we know how important it is to carry out your projects efficiently and you need a working saw to do so.

If you have any questions about sharpening your bandsaw blade, contact us today! We’ll answer you as quickly as possible!

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