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Posted on Blade marks from the table saw

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 02:28 PM


I have a Woodworker II combination blade on a well-tuned table saw, just as jerryminer suggests. I still get tale-tell blade marks left behind from a rip cut. Most are barely visible, but would be very noticeable if finish were applied without removing the marks. Many ripped pieces seem to have at least one slightly deeper blade mark than the other marks. This is probably due to the lumber diving into blade during the cut; either due to the edge that is against the fence not being perfectly straight or a very slight rotation of the board away from the fence during the cut. As jerryminer suggests, I think a power feeder could eliminate some of these left over marks, by keeping the stock tight against the fence and moving it through the cut at the same rate.

Whenever I want to a set of workpieces to end up at a given width with two clean edges, I first joint one straight and smooth the edge that sets against the fence. I rip the workpieces perhaps 1/32” wider than needed. After ripping, I run the ripped edge over the joiner to clean up the marks. The ripped edge of each workpiece is run over the jointer an equal number of times until I get to the needed dimension.

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