Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Scratchin_Mike, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. Scratchin_Mike

    Scratchin_Mike New Member

    I've been using a band saw to cut pieces of hobbywood, balsa I think, to small strips to use on a house I'm building. Problem is, that the band saw blade tends to get pushed over as I cut. I've taken the blade on and off several times and can't seem to get it set right so that it doesn't move around.

    I see they make mini-table saws for hobby work. Is the one I linked to a known piece of junk or is it something usable for someone who isn't going to be using it all the time. But from time to time needs to cut small spaces out of wood, or needs to rip thin pieces of wood.
  2. buffalo bob 52

    buffalo bob 52 New Member

    I bought one like that


    I too bought a 4" inch saw like that - and it does cut wood......but you get what you pay for. My saw needed tweaking to cut - the blade wobbles way too much to make the 1/8 inch blade kerf narrower then the grand canyon. Forget ripping on it as it is. I have strapped in the direct drive motor to keep it from moving when you cut, I have c clamped a piece of square stock as a fence with limited results. I'm still looking for a thin 4" blade to mount and try. I would say this is a toy that has possibilites but if you plan on ripping thin strips forget it. I still want the $400 4" saw. Hope that helpped.
  3. webmaster

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  4. farmer ron

    farmer ron Member

    I have used the balsa stripper for years, works great, go slow and replace the blade the thin balsa sheets a the hobby shop or craft stores, you can pre mark it with knot holes and scratches before you cut it.. ron
  5. belg

    belg Member

  6. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Scratchin Mike. Hello there. I have lots of experiance with power saws. I would like you to read my "How To" on cutting scale lumber. You will find you don't need an expensive saw. What you need is technique.

    Read my "How To" carfully and you will learn a lot about saws, blades, jigs and techniques to let you cut scale lumber safe and reliable.

    TrainClown :thumb:
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Great tutorial! Lots of good tips and safety info too... :)

    That derelict building at the bottom of the page is fantastic!

  8. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Thanks, Andrew. If you would like to see the whole model go to:

    TrainClown :wave:

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