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Posted on Table Saw Cross-Cuts / Panels that are longer than they are wide

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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 07:15 AM

I’ve done several cutting boards and haven’t had a problem using the rip fence. It all comes down to the size/width ratio. You don’t mention how long your edge glued panels are, so it’s a tough call.

What you can do is lower your blade all the way down, then run the panel against the fence, if you feel the excess length (the part of the left of the blade) is pulling too much and you are unable to keep the piece secured against the rip fence then I would cut it in half with the sled, then use the rip fence. Hell if it makes you feel more comfortable, there’s no harm in cutting it in half first, then using the rip fence.

I do not recommend using a combination method, whichever method you use it should be the same for all the strips you cut, otherwise you’ll likely get 2 slightly different width pieces and will cause you to need to do a lot more sanding to flatten out your cutting board.


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