Get A Smooth Cut When Cutting Vertical Grain Wood

When you cut vertical grain wood on a band saw, this is when the grain runs parallel to the saw blade,  you will quite often get a wavy cut line.  This is especially true when cutting oak or ash, or other wide grained woods.  When you cut with a narrow band saw blade, the blade wants to follow the grain in the wood.  When you cut across the grain, you generally get a smooth cut.  The best way I have found to get a smooth cut when cutting vertical grain wood, is to position the wood so that you are cutting across the grain,  even if only at an angle.  If the piece  you are cutting is too long to stand up vertically, hold it at about a 45 degree angle as you cut.    This will give you a smooth cut when cutting vertical grain wood.

One CAUTION, your hand will be under the wood to support it, so make sure it is back away from the blade

I have attached a short video clip to demonstrate.


  1. Thanks Dave. Very informative. I have wondered why I get that wavy cut on some wood. I’ll give this a try.


  2. Frank Bye, Sr. :

    Hi Dave
    I have been trying to call the American Saw & Hammering Co. to order some bandsaw blades. The phone # (801-883-8220) comes back with a message that I have reached a non working number. Would you know if they went out of business? You suggested them to me for blades some time ago.
    in Fountain Hills, AZ

    • Hi Frank
      I don’t know where I got that #. Their phone is 801 467-4903. Address – 3202 So. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
      They are still in business, I just got blades last week.

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