Porter cable is nice if you get the good router. I've heard that the cheap one isn't worth the money. You are buying the name. I have been impressed with some of the recent craftsman routers they have had in their store. Craftsman is now supposed to be made for them by Ryobi. Used to be Rigid back in the day. To resaw? Try the table saw. More waste, but you make a couple of passes, and flip the work piece. I've tried to resaw with a couple of smaller band saws, but they don't keep the blade tight enough to prevent wandering, like you keep seeing. I got a cheap 14" from Harbor freight, and with a little tuning it will resaw just fine. Just something with those small bandsaws.
I think bought the same ryobi router you have over 10-15 years ago. I've stopped using it however, because I wanted plunge capability and I had similar problems as you with it.I've got a porter cable "kit" that has the router with fixed and plunge bases. I'm pretty happy with it, although the switch is at the top of the router and you can't reach it with both hands on the handles.One "charm" of your website is that you make really cool stuff with really inexpensive tools. You've probably saved me some $$$, because instead of buying a new tool when faced with a new challenge, I've stopped and asked myself "how would Steve to it?"So as much as it would be cool if you got one of the tool companies to sponsor your site and outfit your garage with the latest and greatest stuff, I think you're videos would lose a lot of their value.Anyway, I really enjoy the videos.Coincidentally, I have exactly the same issue with my 9 inch band saw. Please inform us if you learn anything about how to resaw on these tools (or not).-Cliff
Few pieces of advice from a book on band saws i just got (haven't tried yet but makes sense)( the bandsaw book by lonnie bird, highly reccomend it, the tuneup section alone was worth the price)If your trying to saw with a fence with a 1/2 inch of smaller blade to compensate for the blade drift you need to use a scrap piece with a square edge, scribe a line down it, cut it halfway through with your band saw, turn off the saw but leave the board around the blade and then clamp your fence to the table at that angle to compensate.he also suggested when resawing veneers by hand cutting a shallow kerf on both ends with a tablesaw, the blade will naturally want to follow the path of least resistance so should hug the kerffinal peice of amazing insight was how chronicly inaccurate tension guides are on most consumer grade bandsaws, and most are physically incapable of properly tensioning the largest size they accept
Check this guy on you tube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi1RI3Ea4FY
Here is a link to a cool resawing video... Look for it... 2nd from the top. http://www.finewoodworking.com/subscription/box-building-basics-video-series/index.asp
Thanks guys...I guess I really need to try some more techniques for resawing. On thing I like to do is resaw part of the board on my tablesaw on each edge. It does sort of keep the bandsaw blade true. I try to resaw on my tablesaw whenever I can, except for two big drawbacks: 1) it's only good for narrow boards, and 2) there is a lot of waste. However, after having to plane down bandsaw marks, I'm sure it's a wash.Cliff: I have never been, and will probably never be a rich man. I believe anyone with determination can create magic with limited tools...and not just woodworking. I will complain about my tools until the day I die, yet crave the best.But in the end, it all comes down to the user, not the tool. Ancient Egyptians created stuff far better than me, using very primitive tools.
hi steve i really enjoy your videos. on your bandsaw dilemma charles neil has a video for a kreg bandsaw fence but its good for all saws. charles does a very good job of explaining how to set your saw up for resawing. keep up the videos their great.
Porter Cable is OK but as others here have said they play on their name and not everything they make is great. I think you can get more bang for your tool buck elsewhere. Examine design and features and make sure whatever you get satisfies those for you. Like don't say they make tools so they know better than I do. Get what you can work with the best. Tool buying isn't a popularity contest, it is completely subjective.No one else works quite like you do, I've watched your videos and believe me no one else does. So get what you're most comfortable with. Take suggestions and evaluate each sure, but the final decision is up to you.After that last installment where you featured your Ryobi I broke mine out I have here like it and fired it up for old times sake. It still works and at one time I had the same rings popping apart deal as you did. What finally made me put mine aside is when I lock it down the bit moves so I couldn't put up with that inaccuracy setting it up.Although check this out because I think it is funny. I hadn't used the thing in I don't know how long so I didn't know which wrench belonged to it. So I finally figure out which of the cheap stamped out wrenches in my router accessory box is for the Ryobi and I decide I don't like it flat. So I put it into a bench vise then start smacking it with a hammer to give it an offset and crack it in 2 different places. The metal just tears up. Here I'll take a picture of it:http://i.imgur.com/OhqkX.jpgOpps! Welding project. Then I engraved the name onto the handle so I can find it easier the next decade I break it out. I'm not so sure if I like it any better bent or not. It's OK. If I'd have known it was going to shatter like glass I'd have never done it!
According to Wikipedia, "Zebrawood is considered a threatened species in its native habitat. Its fast-growing popularity in the West has resulted in some reforestation efforts but this is not keeping up with the pace of destruction.The extensive use of zebrawood in Prada's flagship Manhattan store in 2002 resulted in protests from environmentalists and a promise from Prada never to use wood from endangered forests again." But then, being a mere moral you wouldn't know. I hope you can use your forum to shed light on the use of endangered woods!
Hi Steve,If you are going to use your router for everything, plunge cutting, fixed based and table work I recommend Triton's 2 1/4 router. I have one that's about 4 years old now and I am really happy with it. For resawing I use David Marks method. You use a fence set for the blades drift and feather boards. He had a show on WOODWORKS that walked you through it step by step. HE aslo has a DVD but I think you can find the show on the web for free. Works every time with great results. Ken
I think I'll order some zebrawood and use it to bar-b-cue a baby seal.
If a Zebrawood tree falls onto David Kesler while he is eating a granola bar walking through the woods and he screams but no one is around to hear it does he still make a noise?
Ken if you really insist on pushing that Triton router so much why don't you just send Steve yours? I'm sure he'd appreciate it!
The phrase is 'biding my time' not 'buying my time'.