How to Cut Wood on a Metal Cutting Bandsaw

Find out how you can to cut wood using this machine while minimizing the risk incurred while using it.

This guide also includes safety measures, a preliminary process, the way to cut, and several notices for maintaining a sharp finish on the woodwork.

Safety Precautions

Safety Accessories for Workshop

Safety Accessories for Workshop

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This is one good reason that you have to put on your personal protective gear (PPG) whenever you use a metal-cutting bandsaw to cut wood.

First, safety glasses, because your eyes are valuable when working on wood, metal, or other such projects. Put on protective gear in your ears to minimize the impact of the noise produced by the saw.

Some important personal protective wear includes gloves, which you should wear to avoid getting splinters on your hands or touching sharp edges on tool handles. A dust mask will protect you from inhaling it.

Machine Safety Checks


When starting to use the bandsaw, carry out a strict machine safety inspection. Observe if there is any kind of damage or wear and tear visible on the bandsaw, particularly the blade and the power cord.

You should ensure that all the guards and safety features you have installed are present and working at their optimal level.

First of all, it is crucial to ensure that there are no objects or clutter surrounding the area to be set up for the bandsaw work.

Get to know the ways of stopping the machine when it is necessary due to the emergency shut-off mechanisms.


1. Selecting the Right Blade

Band Saw Blades

Band Saw Blades

Select the right stock type when cutting wood on your metal cutting bandsaw. Choose a blade that is made of high-carbon steel, as this material is perfect for the cutting of wood and the blade will not get blunt quickly.

The teeth per inch (TPI) is an important factor; a low TPI (2–6) makes for a rough cut suitable for the internet wood; a high TPI (10–14) is suitable for thin wood.

See to it that the blade width corresponds with the kind of cut required—a wider blade for linear cuts and a slimmer one for curved ones.

According to the choice of the correct blade, you make clean cuts on the material and save the bandsaw from excessive wear.

2. Adjusting the Bandsaw

Always ensure that your bandsaw is well set before you begin sawing wood. First, adjust the blade to the proper tension that is recommended by the manufacturer, because if the blade is too tight or too loose, it might snap or create imprecise edges.

Loosen the clamps that hold the blade to the wheels, and check to make sure there is no sign of binding.

Adjust the blade guides and bearings that are slightly inches from the workpiece to avoid the blade from cutting a wrong path in between the bearings.

Lastly, it is also advised to change the speed controls; slower speeds make it better for wood not to burn or get torn. These adjustments help to get the right, neat joint and also reduce the wearing of bandsaws and blades.

Cutting Process

Cutting Wood with Band Saw

Cutting Wood with Band Saw

· Setting up the Wood

Measure and mark your wood before sawing to avoid mistakes and ensure safety. Scribe your wood carefully in order to indicate the exact position you want to saw, using a pencil with a ruler or measuring tape. Position the work table, put the wood on it, and strap it tightly so it does not move around during the stencil saw cutting process.

· Making the Cut

Ensure that the bandsaw is running before you begin to cut at its optimum speed. Bring it into contact slowly with your hands away from the blade, and you can use the push sticks.

Press down with even force, and do not try to push the wood through the blade; let the saw cut it.

· Finishing the Cut

After making the cut, switch off the bandsaw and let the blade stop moving before removing the wood. Check the cut to see if it fits your expectations in shape and size. If required, you can smoothen the edges of the wood with sandpaper for a fit finish.

Maintenance and Cleanup

· Cleaning the Bandsaw

After using the bandsaw, it is advisable to remove sawdust and debris using a broom or vacuum cleaner.

It is recommended to clean the blade often so as to avoid debris that may hinder the efficiency of spraying. This helps to increase the life of the bandsaw as well as the blade since you are working on a clean tool.

· Lubricating Moving Parts

The blade guides, bearings, and wheels of the bandsaw should be lubricated often. Use the manufacturer-recommended lubricant. Appropriate lubrication minimizes friction and prevents wear and tear so that the bandsaw functions optimally and smoothly.

· Regular Inspection for Wear and Tear

Check the bandsaw for signs of wear and tear and operational efficiency more often than just once a day.

Look for signs of wear or dullness on the blade, and assess the belts, wheels, and guides. Replace worn parts promptly. Daily maintenance checks ensure optimal performance and safety for the bandsaw and its operators.

Blade Limitations

  • Clogged teeth due to larger wood particles
  • Slower cutting speed


1. Is it right to cut wood using a metal saw?

Yes, it is possible to use a metal bandsaw to cut wood, but it should be done properly and with the right blade.

Metal cutting bandsaws are primarily slower than wood cutting bandsaws, which may require tuning for better wood cutting. Make sure you are using a high-carbon steel blade used for cutting wood to make smooth and precise cuts.

2. How does a wood cutting bandsaw compare to a metal cutting bandsaw?

A wood-cutting bandsaw operates at a faster speed and is most suitable for cutting wood as it gives a tidier cut with less energy used.

Metal-cutting bandsaws work at a lower speed in order to take on the density of the metal. Although it can cut wood, it requires some modifications and suitable blades to be effective.


The following is a guide to help you safely cut wood with a metal cutting bandsaw: Ensure safety measures, properly set your equipment, and also ensure correct and regular maintenance of the machine for the best and most durable work.

More resources:

Different Types of Bandsaw – TSINFA

Bandsaw – Source: WIKIPEDIA

Circular Saws vs. Table Saws – Source: TSINFA