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I took a big step yesterday and ordered a band saw. This will be my first major power tool, and I am sure I have much to learn about it. I am looking for recommendations on books, web sites, videos, and tutorials that will help me to learn about setting up and using the band saw.
 

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Search that topic here, been covered many times
Yes, a common topic. Del Schisler posted this Alex Snodgrass video on bandsaw tuning. The best I have seen. I followed the steps and it improved my bandsaw.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/band-saw-tune-up-u-tube-video-40292/

The book I see recommended often is this one by Mark Duginski.

Band Saw Handbook: Mark Duginske: 0049725063983: Amazon.com: Books

It explains the design and use of a bandsaw. I have the book, well worth reading. I prefer Alex Snodgrass's tuning technique.
 

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+1 on both of Dave's suggestions. I have seen Alex's demos at woodworking shows 4 times. Very knowlegable and entertaining. I struggled with squaring the table with all sorts gadgets over the years till I saw his method using only a scrap of 2 X 4.
 

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I have seen Alex's demos at woodworking shows 4 times.
I would also recommend to anyone who uses a bandsaw that they should watch Alex when they get the chance at shows. He's a great presenter and truly knows these machines.
 

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Good link's above.

Also might want to do some reading on proper blade sharpening.Not that you'll ever sharpen one........but through it's study,you'll learn some extremely important facts about blade performance.Which ultimately lead to a better performing saw.

One idea is a blades "flatness".This is the part of the blade behind the teeth.Is it an "inny or outy",or is it flat,type of stuff.How teeth/gullets cut and remove material is at the heart of a blades performance.

There's some interesting articles on Timberwolf's site.Also look for Cook's sawmills.He grew up sharpening sawmill blades,very talented,self taught engineer type.Good luck.
 

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I'll agree with the comments to watch the Alex Snodgrass video. I just got my first bandsaw last week and I learned a lot from that video. I'll be watching it again in the coming weeks as I start using the saw. Very good information.
 

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There's another book you might find helpful that I wrote: "your Band Saw" by me, William Falberg that goes deeper into the how's and why's of wheel crowning, blade tension, and blade geometry. After you've learned where the adjustments for your saw are located you might find this information helpful to get more out of your bandsaw in terms of performance. There are tips a tricks to working aluminum and it shows you how to improvise better jigs and fences. It's like guide to hot-rodding your bandsaw to cut faster, straighter, and get more out of your blades. Check it out at E-bay :

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Your-Band-S...fiction_Book&hash=item417d86fdbb#ht_63wt_1109

There are lots of illustrations of aluminum jigs and a couple interesting plans for dynamite woodworks you can make with the auminum bandsaw saw you built yourself from the information available from this book.
 

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I took a big step yesterday and ordered a band saw. This will be my first major power tool, and I am sure I have much to learn about it. I am looking for recommendations on books, web sites, videos, and tutorials that will help me to learn about setting up and using the band saw.
There's not much to a bandsaw. The owners manual that comes with the saw should be enough. Just keep in mind it doesn't have a reverse gear. Always cut forward. The blade can come off the saw if you back up.
 

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Checked your public library? They can probably get anything you want on loan from a sister library, too.
 
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