Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sterling; First Thus Used edition (December 31, 1989)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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I've been a woodworker for 34 years, and was an electrician in the U.S. Navy for 6 years. I graduated from the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power school while in the Navy, and I earned a BA in English after I was discharged. I'm not writing this to brag, but to show my qualifications to review this book in particular. After buying BANDSAW HANDBOOK, I applied the knowledge I learned from reading it to buy a Delta 14" bandsaw at auction. My "new" saw ran OK when I brought it home, but ran much, much better after I super-tuned it using the info in Duginske's book. First, I replaced the 1/2 HP motor with a 1 HP to give the saw more pep, and then worked to reduce vibration in the saw. (According to the author, vibration in the machine will cause a scratchy, low quality cut, and I can verify this from my own experience). First, I used rubber mounts to isolate the motor from the saw frame. Next, I replaced the v-belt with a funny-looking Power Twist brand belt, and installed new lathe-turned pulleys on both the motor and the saw. I used a precison straight-edge to carefully align the pulleys in the same plane, and then I did the same thing to the saw's 14 inch wheels. Next, I very painstakingly balanced the wheels (I was surprised at how much metal I needed to shave off each to get a perfect balance). After following Duginske's extensive instructions to tune-up the other parts of the saw, I replaced the hardened steel guide blocks with "Cool Blocks". The fact that Duginske invented "Cool Blocks" himself, shows that he really knows bandsaws! I can now balance a worn nickel, on-edge, on the saw table with the saw running. I even ran the saw for over 5 minutes and the nickel never fell over. I learned to do all of this from just two chapters in the book.
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