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Matt Rogers

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#1 posted 05-22-2014 09:49 PM

I know this is off topic, but Mike67 – do you really think that it is that unsafe to rip rough lumber? If so, then how would anybody make battens from rough cut lumber for board and batten siding? Nobody is going to take a 16’ long board to the jointer and a lot of rough cut siding comes from a guys with a mill, but no molder to S4S or even S1S a long board.

I do agree that sending really gnarly boards through the table saw could be a hazard – like a 2” thick warped and twisted slab of hard maple with tension wood, but I and many others have safely ripped thousands of feet of rough 1x pine boards for siding on many different table saws without any serious kickback or danger. A splitter is certainly recommended

Rough lumber is commonly ripped to a width that is close to the size of piece that you will be using before jointing as you can take a cupped 8” wide board and cut it into two 4” blanks for cabinet door parts, then joint each piece individually and get flatter wood more quickly and with less waste than if you tried to joint the wide 8” board first.

Not trying to bust your balls, but it is not true that is is always unsafe to cut rough lumber on a table saw.

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