Thin Strip Ripping

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Blog entry by George_SA posted 06-23-2017 10:48 AM 1241 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to cut some thin strips (3mm) for splines for a gift box that I’m making. As I’m pressed for time, I don’t really have the time to make a thin strip ripping jig. Then I realised, I have a ready made jig.

My vernier!

Just measure

and I’m quite happy with the result :)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 06-23-2017 04:49 PM

Yes, that will work, but as others on this forum have complained about and I’m not one of them, you have to re position the fence for each cut. No matter how you do it, something has always got to move, whether it be the fence, feather board or the wood. People are always looking for the hard way of doing something; I look for the easiest way. People way over think something that is basically very simple.

If I were cutting thin strips by the thousands, a jig would be needed, but for one or a few strips, keep it simple.

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#2 posted 06-25-2017 05:20 PM

.......... People way over think something that is basically very simple. ...........
- MrRon

I also sometimes suffer from this problem, but I strive to adhere to the KIS principle.

I agree that if you had make a lot of thin strips, the a jig would be in order, but for most that would be rarely necessary.

I needed one strip for the splines on a box that I’m making. I don’t make a lot of boxes, so this method works for me. The amount of time and effort to for the setup with the vernier wasn’t that much and it worked for me.

On my saw I can go down to 4mm thin strips, but not less. For me it sometimes works when I get a mug of coffee and just sit quietly to contemplate the problem. Sometimes a solution comes up that makes me think, Du, why didn’t I think about that a long time ago! This was one of those instances. :)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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