milling poplar 2x6 into 1x6

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07-20-2015 06:04 PM

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I’m new to this site but I’ve been working with wood for 17 years. Mostly refinishing but lately I’ve been taken any oppertunity to make money. I got about 50 true 2×6 poplar boards for free. They are kiln dried and 8 foot. I wanted to milk them in half but don’t have access to a bandsaw so I thought I could use my grizzly table saw with a thick stock cross cutting blade. Anyone have any pointers or past experience with similar situation?

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 06:20 PM

I have resawn on my TS and to do so I built a resaw fence which I attached to the normal fence. It stood up taller as you would expect, and featured down pressure feather boards which also help with kickback somewhat. I ran the boards through with the blade raised to about 48% of the width of the board, then rolled the board end-o so the same face rode the fence. I again cut about 48% of the way through leaving a small bead connecting the boards. To finish the resaw I just cut away the bead between the boards with a handsaw. This is a safe and efficient way to resaw on the TS. You are going to lose a bit of stock this way due to the kerf of the TS blade, plus you are going to have to plane the boards to remove the remaining bur when you cut away the bead. I’ve done it this way for years with very good results.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 06:31 PM

Probably goes without saying, but at 8’ long, be sure you have some good infeed and outfeed support.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 06:32 PM

What HornedWW said will work, but that’s a A LOT of wood and A LOT of work.

I’d say, if you’re getting into ww’ing , and you thinking of getting a bandsaw, with this much wood to do, would be justified. Just remember poplar is not expensive wood, so factor that in.

If you think you’ll be resawing, then get a big one (2HP) if you’re planning on dealing with rough stock, it will be a good investment. (Yes you can resaw on a 14” BS, but the power is an issue with wide boards).

If you can’t/don’t want to buy a bandsaw, I would check a local ww’ing shop see if they’ll do it for you.

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 06:35 PM

If you are going to resaw using your table saw, do it in multiple passes. Raise the blade 1/2” or so each pass.

In the past I have used my table saw to create two kerfs on each side of the board. Then I use a handsaw to saw out the middle.

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 07:32 PM

There’s some conflicting information that’s confusing me. When you say you want to cut them in half, do you mean you want to rip them into two 8’ boards or two 4’ boards ? You mentioned a band saw which would indicate ripping them, in which case the above advice would apply but you also said you would use a cross-cut blade which indicates you will cut them in half cross-ways, in which case the above advice would not apply.

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#6 posted 07-20-2015 07:37 PM

If you are wanting to resaw the 2×6 into two 1×6 then a couple of points:

You need to use a rip blade, not a cross cut blade. I have done this with 24 tooth thin kerf rip blade.

You will wind up with LESS than 1 inch thickness when done. You can probably dress it out to 5/8” thickness if everything work well.

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 01:31 AM

I would sell the wood and use the money to buy 4/4 boards that fit your needs. 8/4 boards should sell for slightly more than the 4/4 yo are looking for.

Do you have an intended use for the lumber? If not I would hold off sawing the boards until there is a use for them.

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 06:49 PM

If the boards are “rough”, I doubt you will be able to get 2 dressed boards 3/4” thick using a table saw to rip. After sawing, you will have to remove the nib at the middle of the board and dress the outer sides in order to get a finish board. A band saw is really needed here.

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