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    I am using bloodwood for the first time. I a getting smoke from the wood as I cut. I am using 3/4 inch, flying dutchman #3 ultra reverse blades. The blade is new so not a dull problem. Tried different speeds all with same result. Suggestion?

  • #2
    Bloodwood is a very waxy gummy wood so what you are experiencing is not un-common. When I cut it I usually have either blue tape or clear packing tape under my pattern, that helps a bit.
    I use the Olson PGT 5 blade and slow the saw down a bit. You have to take your time and back up frequently to clear the chips from the blade.
    Rolf
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    • #3
      I use the largest, most aggressive blades that I can with bloodwood, which is a bear to cut. The Flying Dutchman reverse and ultra reverse work for me, usually #9.

      I know that Rolf prefers the smaller blades, but I prefer the quicker cutting of the larger ones. And tape is a must for any wood that tends to burn.
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      • #4
        thanks everyone, I will give the tape and larger blade a try.

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        • #5
          definately use the clear packing tape (I haven't tried the blue tape so can't vouch for that). As for what blade - I actually have better luck with a #5 blade instead of a 7 or 9. I also use the Polar blades when cutting hardwoods.
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          • #6
            Bloodwood is also extremely hard. It measures 2900 on the Janka Scale. Compare that to hard maple, which measures 1450 and you can see why it would burn. Perhaps a skip tooth blade might work better?
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            • #7
              I have used up an 8 ft board of 4/4 Bloodwood and have found that a #5 skip tooth works well the skip reverse I was using weren't allowing the kerf to clear well and got lots of smoke and burning ... saying all that when I cut Kathy Wise's Poinsettia Wreath I used 17 # 5 blades as I found after about 6-8 in of cut I needed to change blades. BTW I just love the smell of smoking bloodwood in the shop probably not good for me though.
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              • #8
                I hope you are wearing a dust Mask!!
                Rolf
                RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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