1. I think Paul uses a 1/2 blade for most bandsaw work. Based on the videos, it looks like 3 or 4 teeth per inch. A lot of people also like a 3/8 inch blade. Band Saws by Mark Duginske is a great reference. The author favors 1/2 inch and 3/8 blades for general use (as I think Paul also does).

    1. Tapered on one side is a traditional way of helping to distinguish what is the “true” edge that is straight. It helps to distinguish this as a tool vs. just an offcut of wood that could then accidentally get discarded. I don’t have one of these (yet). However, I do have a number of simple wooden shop tools. I almost ways apply a finish of shellac on them so that way they look too nice to be confused as an offcut of wood.

  1. Paul, I’m an engineer who took 2 years of pottery in college. Your courses are beautifully laid out in every way someone might expect for a curriculum, but also to learn little details from a master, like yourself. Thank you, and I will always be a happy subscriber!

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