Q: I’m new to woodworking and not familiar with many of the terms. I’m in the market for a band saw and see the term “resaw.”
For example: An 18" band saw with a 12" resaw capacity. My confusion is, if the saw is an 18", isn’t that the capacity? If you take another cut (resaw), why would it be anything less? Exactly what does resaw mean? My dealer could not give me a good explanation. Thank you.
Resawing usually refers to the process of cutting then strips from a board using a band saw.
A: Resawing is defined in the glossary of The Collins Complete Woodworker as: “To cut wood into thinner multiple, often matching, pieces.” In practice, this task is usually performed on the band saw, cutting thin slices off of the wide face of the board. Sometimes it is simply to take a thick board and make a few usable thinner boards, but usually it is to allow a woodworker to make a book-matched or swing-matched panel from a single piece of wood.
Band saws are categorized in terms of the size of their band saw wheels. An 18" saw will have drive and guide wheels 18 inches in diameter. This also means that the distance from the inside face of the saw blade to the vertical post or beam of the saw will be roughly 18". Resaw capacity refers to the distance from the visible-m-inlineop to the highest point that the saw guide can be lifted to. This distance determines how large your stock can be and still slide under the saw guide. The resaw capacity of different band saws varies widely from model to model and brand to brand.