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#1 posted 05-04-2020 03:29 AM

These are good points xedos. In my case, the setup is good: I have a stout and 4×8 outfeed table, its coplanar (leveling feet, straightedge test, passing boards over test), 24T rip blade, thin-kerf even—the main problem is that the 2x is warped.

When I run trued stock of any type on it—cuts like butter. Its a beaut.

I sourced all this super wet SYP last year from an outdoor Menards yard with the intention of building a bench, and although its been stickered and sat for a year, this stuff still warped pretty good—more than framing lumber usually.

When I run long, wide lengths of this stuff—which often seems cupped, bowed, and twisted all at once—thats when I have issues. I have a riving knife on the TS and stock feeds so it doesn’t kickback, just bogs. Ordinarilly i’d cut the length off it, make it easier to rough run it through a bandsaw to rough width, joint it—do whatever to get smaller true pieces, but in this case i need the length.

My story is probably why framing lumber for projects is a far second cry from hardwoods. But you’re right, if its bad on the table top, inverting is probably won’t make it better.

My thinking is I’ll take the Kreg Accu-Rip jig I have (circ saw take some time to mount, which is my main issue with it) and perhaps rip it with the circ saw on top of some foam insulation—maybe clamp the board down? Though when I say that out loud it sounds…precarious.

If I had a large shop I would just set up work stands in-feed and outfeed on my large bandsaw and have a two person team pass it through. I don’t need a perfect cut, just roughed and the BS makes short work of it.

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