Flat Edge from Wonky Boards

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Blog entry by IantheTinker posted 01-23-2018 05:24 AM 776 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a few pieces of oak that are roughly 3×4” and 5’ long. The are well seasoned and have lots of twist and bend in them. I wanted to cut them down and use them as trim in some upcoming projects. My method for doing this was to clamp a straight edge to them and make passes with a circular saw, gradually getting deeper each time. My blade couldn’t cut deep enough so I would the flip it on it’s side, set up the straight edge and cut along just deep enough to reach the end of my previous cut, forming an “L” of sorts. This resulted in a fairly straight board to rip down on the table saw. It isn’t perfect, but it worked for me!


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#1 posted 01-23-2018 06:14 AM

Sounds like a clever solution. Hopefully they stay straight.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 01-23-2018 11:39 PM

Sounds like a clever solution. Hopefully they stay straight.

- Rick_M

Thanks, Rick. I will be ripping the pieces down to 1/4×1/2” to use as trim, they will be glued and brad nailed on a dvd rack I am working on. Hopefully they won’t be allowed to develop twist there. That reminds me, I need to buy more glue!


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