The band saw is a great tool for curved cuts and large cuts. It is a tool with one continuous blade that rotates around two wheels. This allows the blade to always cut in one direction- downward- which achieves a very predictable cut. Because of this predictable cutting motion, the band saw is very easy and safe to operate. The band saw was developed to cut logs into dimensional lumber like framing lumber (2×4’s) and finish lumber (1×4’s) and has since been utilized as a tool to cut curves into your stock.
Use this spreadsheet to test your knowledge of the band saw’s parts.