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#1 posted 09-11-2012 01:48 PM

Not too many options there unless you take it somewhere to have done.

I’d think there wouldn’t be an issue with a good circular saw and fence. Problem with 3” is you might have to cut the board from both top and bottom.

Regardless, I’d attack the cleanup with a good, sharp low-angle plane, followed by sandpaper. With care, you could use a hand-held belt sander, though I’d not prefer that method myself.

If the cut is exceptionally rough, I’d consider doing the finish cut with a good straight bit and a router (rough it out first with the circ saw)...from both sides of the board, using a guide, of course. Even if the bit isn’t very long, it will make shaving the remaining part a lot easier with a plane.

It’s a shame we all don’t have table saws with sliders…that’d be the ticket.

Really good questions, though. With maple, it’s not exactly a slam dunk job.

-- jay,

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