What Is Resawing?

What is resawing? The process of resawing is to reduce the wood to thinner parts or create veneers by slicing it along the grain direction. Simply said, you’re splitting the wood’s thickness in two in order to produce two smaller slabs. Resawing is a form of rip-cutting. However, not all rip-cuts are resawns. The distinction between rip and resaw can be found in the section below.

Introduction 

Resawing opens up a world of possibilities in woodworking. It allows you to transform little logs into lumber, build book-matched panels. In this article, we will show you how to do these basic tasks, starting with a simple technique for rough-sawing tiny logs and branches into boards for small projects. For the next section, I’ll show you how to cut a board into two nicely book-matched sections for symmetrically patterned stock. Finally, we’ll go up one more notch by resawing custom veneers. Along the course of learning how to tune your saw for maximum performance, I’ll explain what to look for in a resaw blade and offer recommendations on enhancing its performance.

Resawing Vs Ripping: What Is The Difference?

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Resawing is a form of rip cut, technically speaking. When you make a typical rip cut, you reduce the width of the board by cutting down its length with the saw blade. In other words, when performing a rip cut, the saw blade goes all the way through the lumber’s large flat sides. A board’s length and thickness are unaffected by a rip cut; however, its breadth is reduced.

A resaw cut is a kind of rip cut since it too entails sawing a piece of wood down the length. A saw cut, a rip cut, involves cutting down the board’s thickness rather than its width. As a result, with a resaw cut, the blade goes all around the board from one side to the other, removing small pieces from each end to reduce its overall thickness.

Resawing Band Saw Vs Table Saw

Both machines follow a similar procedure for resawing. To set the blade straight, you must first do so. At the required thickness of the slab to be cut, place the fence parallel to the blade at its desired location. Then push the wood against the fence and feed it toward the blade to make a cut. A band saw is preferable over a table saw for resawing because of two factors alone.

  1. Bandsaws can resaw boards that are considerably wider than crosscut saws.
  2. A board’s kerf is its thickness, but the kerf on a table saw blade varies considerably.

How To Resaw With A Bandsaw

man in black sweatpants using DEWALT circular saw and cutting a wood plank

Let’s go through the procedure of resawing wood with a bandsaw since this is the ideal instrument for the task. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using a 2 x 6-inch board. That being said, you may use any board to complete the process in its entirety.

Step 1: Measure

To begin, you must measure and mark the lumber that you wish to resaw. In this situation, that would be our 2 x 6 board. To keep things simple, we’ll make a 1-inch resaw cut, which will convert a single 2 x 6 into two 1 x 6 boards.

Step 2: Set The Fence And Prepare The Saw

The fence of the bandsaw will assist you to keep track of where you are in the operation. So, if you’re resawing a 2 x 6 into two 1 x 6 pieces, set the fence to 1 inch because that’s how much material is being removed from the original piece. When changing the blade on a circular saw, first make sure you don’t expose too much of it. So, if the board is 6 inches wide, set the blade at just over 6 inches only enough for the timber in question. You’ll risk injuring the blade and yourself if you do this.

Step 3: Power Up The Saw And Cut

With a woodworking band saw, place the lumber against the fence and turn on your bandsaw to a modest speed (it doesn’t have to be very fast). The objective here is obviously to push that board through the bandsaw blade with its thickness along the line you established in the first phase. Slowly guide the wood through the blade while keeping your fingers out of the way. It is suggested that you use a push stick rather than your hands to push the lumber through.

Safety Tips

The most important aspect of working safely at the bandsaw is to keep your hands away from the blade. Always observe these basic safety guidelines while working in the safety zone:

  • Make certain the blade is well guarded.
  • Excessive feed pressure, which usually indicates a dull blade, is avoided. Replacement with a sharp knife provides superior control and cleaner cuts.
  • To finish your cuts, use a push stick to guide the blade.
  • A push block can be used to keep work against the fence. A drifting blade might bow and suddenly pop out of position from time to time.

Why Resaw Wood

Logs Into Lumber

Large wide blades are used to resaw logs into boards and planks by sawmills. When cutting a log into the timber on your band saw, make a flat face on the side that will sit on the table first. This minimizes log rolling off.

Save Money

It’s costly to have exotic woods on hand. You may resaw the wood on a bandsaw or a table saw to cut it into two parts if you don’t want to use the complete thickness of standard-sized timber.

Grain

The two types of wood will have distinct grain patterns. Resawing creates two slabs with similar grain that may be book-matched. Furthermore, the sliced surface’s interior may reveal further intriguing grain patterns and colors.

Veneers

A thin layer of wood, known as a wood veneer, is cut from the trunk of a tree and installed. They are generally 0.5mm to 2.5mm or less than 1/8-inch in thickness. Veneers are produced by resawing wood pieces. Wood veneers are commonly utilized in furniture production and interior design.

Conclusion 

The length-and-thickness method of resawing involves cutting the wood with both dimensions and along its length to introduce two thinner slabs of wood. You may manually or with the aid of a machine resaw timber. The bandsaw is one of the most popular machines for resawing.

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