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#1 posted 02-17-2017 05:29 AM

I-N-M-L, if your saw is set up correctly, cutting through halfway, and flipping it to finish the cut won t give you as bad of a stepped cut as you re afraid of getting. A 10” thin blade will probably flex while cutting and leave worse marks on the edge, so you ll be complaining about that. It s a no win. Just get a good blade, a good saw, enough wood and cut the stuff you need

If you don t have a quality saw, it doesn t matter what quality blade you use. It won t help the finish on the saw cuts.

It s been my experience that a saw won t give you a finished surface. You ll get close, but no cigar awarded.

Sounds like you are looking to make that “Purrrfect” cut I hear so much of in woodworking shows, but there are too many variables in cutting wood that will make changes to any savings null and void that you ve so carefully planned. You might get lucky with a couple pieces, but others might not be as good. Waste and loss is a byproduct of woodworking. Figuring in a percentage for that waste and loss is a good idea instead of trying to stretch a piece of wood. Also obsessing on trying to get exactly what the board should yield is distracting and can get yourself hurt. Buy an extra piece of wood and move on with the project. At least, you ll have some wood for the next project…..

Ten years ago, I bought 2 Amana 1/8” ATB 40 tooth combo blades. One cut a smoother surface than a negative rake 90 tooth Melamine blade I have. The other left large scallops in the edge. It was sharpened 3 times before it was reluctantly acceptable. The first one still cuts as well as it did when first purchased even though it s been sharpened many times.

Not trying to be mean, but that s the facts…........ Jerry(in Tucson)

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No offense taken Jerry. Your input is very helpful.

I do believe the guide in my table saw might be off. It was a rental when I bought it years ago and its a job site table saw. I doubt it’s me. I do have quality blades. 2 Freuds, one for ripping and cross cutting. When I try ripping half the height and flipping it afterwards, it just gives me unsatisfactory cuts.

As for the “finish ripping”, it won’t happen, but I do want to do minimal sanding afterwards. The less work, the more efficient I can be.

I think since I’m fairly new to buying hardwoods and paying by BF, I have that habit of trying to get that perfect piece. I think eventually I’ll buy extra boards. :)

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