Using a band saw is nothing less than art that takes practice and instructions that you can easily follow. It might take years to be a master of bands saw. But once on the tune, you can easily cast wonderful items to complete a wide range of wooden projects.

In other words, you can make good money by selling various wooden structures that you can build using a band saw. To be a numero uno, you need to start with the basics. So, here we are. Today, we will discuss some of the basic cutting techniques of a band saw.

Cutting Straight

It might sound familiar and easy, but straight cuts need practice and concentration. Even a tiny diversion and the whole wooden piece loses its shape. Use the right type blade and always take the help of fences that are usually present on the left side of the blade. Position a workpiece with the fence, and move towards the blade slow and steady to get a straight cut.

A band saw is useful for a variety of straight cuts, including cutting out the lumber from rough logs. As we told you earlier, you only have to use the right blade and the band saw will do the trick.

Cutting Thin Strips of Veneer

You can easily cut thin wooden strips using a band saw. For that, you would need a thin and fine-toothed blade at least ½ inch wide. Once you install the blade, drop the guides to be just above the cutting material. Now, hold the wooden piece against the edge so that you can cut it parallel to the blade.

Adjust the fence so that the required thickness remains on the far side of the blade. Power on the saw and slowly move the wooden piece through the blade while holding it steady. Once the cut is complete, adjust the fence and repeat the process.

Making Curves

Band saws are ideal to cut curved line a wooden piece. You need to expertise how to move the wood while the blade is moving. Take your time to practice the given steps, but never force a cutting material towards the blade.

Draw an Outline: Use a pencil to draw the outline where you want to make the cuts. Choose an appropriate blade that you will use with the band saw. Blade with a lower width can cut a small radius. Example, a 1/8-inch blade can cut a minimum radius of 3/16-inch, while a 3/16-inch blade can cut at a minimum of 5/16-inch.

Install the Blade: Once you have the correct blade, install the same, adjust its tension and check its angle using a combination square. Then, adjust the blade guard anywhere between 1/4- to 3/8-inch from the wooden piece. Blade guard settings differ according to the make and model, but you can find it in the instructions manual.

Make The Cut: Put on safety gears and power on the band saw. Gently push the wood into the blade while keeping one hand on its external edge to guide this workpiece. Cut on the waste side of the wood and try to remain close to the outline. When you need to rotate the wooden piece, you should move towards the left or right according to the cutting design.

Never lift off the workpiece from the saw table. Once the complete profile is cut, turn off the band saw and lift the wooden piece once the blade stops moving. Keep your hands at a safe distance from the blade and never try to reach its far side while working.


Cutting smaller and thinner pieces from a large wooden log is resawing. A ¾ inch blade is most suitable for this process because it will reduce deflection and due to narrow cutting, it will also waste less wood.

To complete a large resawing project, you need a tall fence that could match the height of a cutting board and keep it stable. You can also use a jig to hold a workpiece against the fence.

Once everything is in place, move a wooden board slowly towards the blade. Hold the board firmly and do not force it forward. Go with the flow and move the wooden piece according to the blade. Once the cut is complete, turn off the blade, take out the wooden board, adjust the fence and repeat the whole process.

Another category of resawing includes cutting boards from a small wooden log. In this case, you would need a sledge that can support the cutting material over the saw table.

You need to install the sledge using the mitre saw slot as guidance. This sledge will prevent any twist and turns with the wooden piece while you cut it. Once the cut is complete, power off the saw, move the sledge towards the beginning point, adjust the position of the wooden log and repeat the process.

Simultaneous Cutting

If you have several wooden pieces with the same size and shape, then you can cut them at the same time. You only have to stack them together using a strong tape and adjust the blade guide according to the height of the wooden pieces. Feed them like you move a single wooden piece and the blade will take care of the rest.


The above-mentioned steps might seem difficult for beginners. However, once you start repeating them as a practice or to complete small household projects, you will learn them all.

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