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Forrest Duraline Woodworker II Saw Blades Cut Hardwood on Any Tablesaw
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Duraline tenoning blade Forrest's Duraline tenoning blade is perfect for use in a tenoning jig in the tradition of Forrest's Woodworker II line.

Forrest Manufacturing Company, makers of the extremely popular Woodworker II blades, have been busy in the last year with four new offerings — all but one expanding the Woodworker II line. Take a Woodworker II combination/general purpose blade and square off all the teeth, and what do you get? You get perfectly clean 90° bottoms on slots, and no scoring marks when cutting rabbets, and box and finger joints. The 40-tooth 10" square-top blade comes in both regular and thin-kerf versions, for about $120 in 2011.

Forrest Ultra Woodworker II Thin-Kerf Blade Forrest's Ultra Woodworker II Thin-Kerf Blade converts under-powered table saws to give them enough power to cut through most any hardwood.

Meanwhile, a thin-kerf version of the venerable 10" Woodworker II also became available in 2010. Featuring 48 teeth with a 20° hook angle and 25° alternate top bevel, the thinner blade is well suited for underpowered saws. The blade went for about $134 in 2011.

Cutting hardwood with Forrest blade Forrest's Woodworker II blades are configured to cut through the densest hardwoods accurately, even on older and underpowered table saws.

As long as we’re talking thin, Forrest has taken the concept a step further with its new Ultra-Thin 080 Woodworker II blade. Originally made as a custom blade several years ago, the company added it to its regular line in 2010. The 40-tooth blade uses ATB teeth with a 20° hook and has a kerf that’s only .080" wide — about 5/64" — and offers little resistance when cutting due to the extremely thin kerf. (Forrest recommends using a dampener/stiffener with the blade for better rigidity and vibration control.) In 2011, the blade sold for about $132.

Finally, Forrest’s Duraline tenoning blade is designed specifically for use with tenoning jigs. The blade has 60 ATB/raker teeth with a 10° hook, and sold for about $177.

posted on April 1, 2011 by AJ Hamler
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