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Re: bandsaw guide block

#237681 by jsburger » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:05 pm

dynabase wrote:
jsburger wrote:
JPG wrote:I like 'blocks' made from lignum vitae.


Yeh, but where can one get Lignum Vitae these days. :)


You can get it on eBay. I got curious and looked it up. Tons of it on eBay.

Michael


90+% of what I saw on eBay was things made from Lignum Vitae not the wood itself that could be used to make something.

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#237688 by JPG » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:40 pm

To answer the 'where' question, I got some 'blocks' on e-bay from a seller that made them from salvaged wood.

I have also obtained some stopper blanks of a close relative to LV from South America.

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#237694 by wa2crk » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:52 am

jjj240

I prefer the Cool Blocks but if you do continue to use the steel blocks I would set them a bit further back from the tooth tip than they appear to be in the photo. They should be just behind the gullet of the tooth. The position in the pic may affect the set of the tooth which may cause excessive blade drift.
Bill V

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#237732 by beeg » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:05 pm

"The wood is obtained chiefly from Guaiacum officinale and Guaiacum sanctum, both small, slow growing trees. All species of the genus Guaiacum are now listed in Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignum_vitae

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#237742 by Hobbyman2 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:08 pm

I would bet the heart wood of a 2 inch dia. or larger,,, piece of lilac would work.

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#237749 by JPG » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:43 pm

Hobbyman2 wrote:I would bet the heart wood of a 2 inch dia. or larger,,, piece of lilac would work.


Self lubricating?

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#238182 by Bozara » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:58 pm

In my opinion there is nothing that compares with ceramic guides and thrust bearings. Google "ceramic bandsaw Guideblocks" and you should be able to find the company that makes them...I can't remember the name, but I ordered from them several years ago and still going strong (my blades last longer too.)

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#238191 by jsburger » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:33 pm

Bozara wrote:In my opinion there is nothing that compares with ceramic guides and thrust bearings. Google "ceramic bandsaw Guideblocks" and you should be able to find the company that makes them...I can't remember the name, but I ordered from them several years ago and still going strong (my blades last longer too.)


I am sure they are great but the Carter Shopsmith roller bearing guides (like the larger band saws have) are the ultimate. I would not trade mine for anything else.

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Re: bandsaw guide block

#238199 by wa2crk » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:52 pm

Would Bocote be self lubricating? It seems very oily when I drill it for pen blanks. But it may be too soft for this application.
Bill V

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