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Ripping stair balusters in half.

by jsnair
posted 01-23-2018 06:17 PM

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-23-2018 06:46 PM

What you want to do will work well, but you will have screw holes left in 1/2 of it (maybe not a big deal).... but be sure to use screws that are short enough you won’t saw into them. Sounds dumb to say that, but trust me on this! If you want to salvage both halves, you could use a good double stick tape to hold one side to a flat piece and then rip it. Also consider the thicker kerf the table saw will cut. If you’re not trying to salvage both halves, saw away and offset it slightly so you get one good half and toss the thinner one. Also, (another obvious point) think this through so you can cut it safely.

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#2 posted 01-23-2018 10:31 PM

Do you have a bandsaw ?

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 01:18 AM

is two sided tape out of the question in lieu of screws to adhere a piece and cut gingerly

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 07:14 PM

Thanks for the advice. I do have a bandsaw but no fence for it yet and with the makeshift fence I was trying to use wasnt working out too well. I think double sided tape may be the way to go since I am trying to salvage both halves of the baluster

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#5 posted 01-27-2018 01:41 PM

Easiest, no screws, no tape…way to do that would be to use a long straight board attached to the fence of your saw, long enough to run the pieces you want to cut against. IE, long fence.

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#6 posted 01-31-2018 02:48 PM

Just an update that I was able to get this done last night and still have all my fingers. I went with the double-sided tape idea and used a fresh blade to be extra safe. Worked great. Thanks

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