Rip sawing angle of cut.

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Forum topic by AESamuel posted 09-03-2015 12:25 PM 880 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2015 12:25 PM

Hi there,

I’m just wondering, assuming you can position your wood and saw at any angle in relation to each other, is there an angle at which rip cutting (or any cutting) is most efficient?

Only reason I ask is I’ve noticed when Paul Sellers does long rips he always says to drop your hand (with wood pointing towards the ceiling) so you are sawing almost along the wood. I tried this and it seemed like a lot less effort than sawing at 90 degrees to the wood but if also seemed like it wasn’t as effective.

Are there any rules of thumb or is this just a feel your way kinda thing?

Thanks very much!

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#1 posted 09-04-2015 12:08 AM

The saw in use has some effect as to how much this applies, but generally speaking. With the saw/teeth almost running along the board (approaching parallel), I get a smoother, slower and more controlled cut. With the saw/teeth at 90 degrees, I get a rougher, faster and more uncontrolled cut.

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