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    Sometimes my wood "burns" when I'm cutting. Any suggestions on how to prevent that from happening? Thanks.
    Last edited by SawingSue; 03-29-2012, 09:56 PM. Reason: To subscribe to email notifucation

  • #2
    Some woods burn more easily than others, like cherry. I use clear packing tape over the pattern when cutting. It helps to lube the blade.
    "All it Takes For the Forces of EVIL to Rule Is For Enough GOOD People To DO NOTHING!"

    Saws: Excaliber 30; Dewalt 788 'Twins', Makita SJ401 (Retired), Grizzly G1012 18" Bandsaw


    • #3
      Hey Sue, to help prevent burning use either clear packing tape or blue masking tape. I like to apply the clear packing tape over the pattern. some folks apply the blue tape over the wood, then apply the pattern over the tape. The tape helps reduce friction which causes the wood to burn. It also helps the blade last longer.
      Last edited by dgman; 03-25-2012, 01:53 PM. Reason: spelling
      Dan in So.Ca.


      • #4
        Good suggestions, but you may also want to slow the speed of your saw as well. Don't force the wood into the blade as you saw.

        Excalibur EX21
        RBI Hawk G4


        • #5
          I've also noticed it isn't so much the speed of the saw as it is the rate at which I'm feeding the wood into the blade. Slow down and enjoy your craft. It will benefit you on so many levels.
          "Still Montana Mike"

          "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
          Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


          • #6
            Sue, I use clear packing tape on top of the pattern and use a sharp blade.
            I use FD blades from Mike.

            Delta P-20 & Q-3

            I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!


            • #7
              I use the blue painter tape on the wood then the pattern then clear packing tape, also slow down the feed rate and maybe the speed of the saw.
              Bob making sawdust in SW Louisiana
              with a EX-21


              • #8
                If you slow the speed down, you might have a tendency of pushing too hard into the blade. Instead of cutting the wood, the blade will grab it and when using reverse tooth blades it makes the wood jumb.
                FD Mike
                SD Mike


                • #9
                  Thank you for all your suggestions. I'll experiment with the speed of the saw. I have both clear packing tape and blue painter tape on hand from other projects so I'll try those and see which works best for me. Thanks again.


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