Open weave Lazy Larry #3: Thin strip ripping...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 07-19-2011 11:27 AM 8546 reads 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, all the timber is now dressed and ready to have some strips cut…

I use the Incra TSLS 32 fence system and this makes thin strip ripping a breeze..

Note the feather board to the left of the table…

For the first cut I set the blade to shave the rough edge… then set the hairline cursor to a starting position… I chose to use 4 on the auxiliary scale purely as a reference point..The cursor is then move 1/4 inch on the scale…

This will give a strip 1/8 inch thick… taking in the width of the kerf of the blade..

All the strips are cut in the same way.. move the cursor 1/4 inch each time…In all there are 16 strips of Silver Ash

and 16 of Purple Heart.

This shows the dry fit of the first 4 lengths..

On to the glue up…

Editors note… if you do not have the Incra system … there are many different thin strip ripping jigs posted here at Lumberjocks for you to make your own..

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 12:32 PM

Cool, Larry. Very interesting set up and execution.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 07-19-2011 12:52 PM

hi larry

why i use 1/8” saw blades

i can count on the cursor

no decimal catculations

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-19-2011 02:40 PM

Freud now has some blades in 7 1/4” diam that have 1/16” thick carbide. On a 10” saw you might be able to cut up to around 2” thick.

Here’s a video by Chuck Bender. (An LJ member) He’s making stringing for inlays in this video.

Great Larry

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-19-2011 02:58 PM

Thanks, Larry!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 03:40 PM

I use a thin kerf blade, I know the exact width of the blade. After getting a smooth edge I measure the board and then subtract the same distance over and over again from the board, that distance being the width of the strip plus the width of the blade. I use a calculator and a Wixey digital readout on my saw.

How come your method sounds easier, Patron?.................(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-19-2011 07:18 PM

Great pictures Larry!

Thanks for the details! I like how you number your pieces, very visible.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 07-19-2011 08:53 PM

Sounds like an ad. for Incra. And now that I own one, I can see why you use that method. :) Thanks for posting and I’ll be watching this series. For those of you without an incra, take a look at Steve’s(Spalm) blog-a-like. No more excuses.

Larry, will you be doing a video of the final glue-up? IMO, this would be the most helpful part of all.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 01:19 AM

Great fence system Larry.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 04:42 PM

Nice job mate, I love Purple Heart….. Not to mention Incra puts out a great product!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 07-29-2011 03:53 PM

I have been a bit tardy in keeping up with your lessons, but am looking forward to continuing on. A good amount of information and pictures, without being too much, striking a nice balance.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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