Shop Tip #130
© Frank Ford 2005; Photo by FF

Band saw blades up to 3/4" wide are very easy to coil, if you use this simple technique. Grip the blade at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions, with your thumbs laying right along the back edge of the blade. Snag the 12 o'clock position under any convenient support, such as this vise, a doorknob, table edge or whatever. Then just bend the blade up in the middle, and arc your thumbs until they just about touch at the tips. It's quick, easy and safe, and the blade jumps right into three even coils.