I'm with you on this! I use a 12", and a coping saw for cutting curves, as with a band saw, and a 28" with 1" wide rip blade for resawing.Personally. I use a bow saw to make the same cut. You would with a band saw. I don't own a band saw. So that is my reasoning. And its enjoyable to do some things by hand.
As far as blades go, there are a lot of of different styles to choose from. Check out gramercy tools. And tools for working wood. These are two good sites that sell bow saws, as well as kits to build your own saw.
Will do - toothing your own is always an option but my job is easier if I can say "Here's a link... Go buy that." lolBe sure to keep us Updated. I would really like a wider blade for my frame saw. The two inch blade in mine works, but I would think a wider blade would track a little easier.