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11-20-2013 04:57 PM

I have a design for a table in mind that will take some smaller strips of walnut and or maple. I want to cut precise 1/2 inch strips off of boards 3 foot in length. I’d like the action to be repeatable without remeasuring each cut.

What’s the most efficient way to cut these 1/2” by 3 foot stripes of wood?

Bear in mind that my bs is not good for this sort of resaw, it’s set up for curves.

I would like to use the TS for this.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 05:02 PM

Sounds to me like a job for a thin rip jig. Here is one from Rockler, but they are fairly easy to make on your own.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 05:19 PM

CharlieM, that’s not exactly what I’m looking for. I’m wondering if I could rip it between the blade and the fence. If it was set up straight and I used a push stick and clamp a small piece of wood to the fence so the 1/2 cut off piece isn’t up against something tall, if that would work.

I don’t usually rip anything less than 1.5 inches between the blade and the fence though.

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 05:26 PM

with featherboards (pushing board against fence for consistent 1/2” width of cut, and one mounted on fence and pushing down) and 3/8” push block, I think you can safely and easily run this on the TS. I find that ~1/2” push blocks are sturdy enough to keep things safe as long as you make them large enough to keep your hands away from blade area.

now… 1/8” slices I would probably NOT do on the TS ;)

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 05:30 PM

I’ve ripped 1/2” maple ply into 1/2” wide strips quite a bit with very good results on the TS just as you have mentioned. I’d say give it a try….you never know what you can accomplish until you try.

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 05:48 PM

I use a 2 X 8 about 1’ long with a 1 1/2” X 5” X 1/4 thick piece screwed (up high) to the back end 1/4” lower than the 2 by. The push block pushes both pieces thru the blade. The blade does cut into the block a little the first cut. This is what I used when cutting 1/2” strips for a tumbling block pattern.

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 05:50 PM

I would use a thin rip jig. But if you choose not to, you can get some 1/2” MDF, cut several strips however wide you want (1.5” would work), stack them on their side butted up against the fence. Move your fence so that your “stack” of strips touches the blade, remove one, run your workpiece through, remove another, etc. until you run out of strips. I personally think a thin rip jig would be much easier, but there is an alternative for you.

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 06:00 PM

I was thinking of the same thing Charlie brought except a shop made jig.

There’s a few more on Ljs


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#8 posted 11-20-2013 06:01 PM

I find repeat-ability pretty good with the Rockler jig, but – I do thinner than that with the fence, often. Feather boards are strongly advised. No problems, use a push stick that reaches out a foot or more.

Something sort of like this-

And- no one mentioned- you might think about a zero clearance insert, depending what your present insert looks like. And double check that your blade is truly vertical, and in line with your fence.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#9 posted 11-20-2013 06:17 PM

Russell, I too cut a lot of thin strips, and it is aggravating when you waste more with the kerf than what you get for use, so I tried a 1/16” kerf blade, I use a Dewalt 7 1/4” 24 t00th framing blade, and it works pretty good without wasting so much wood, and they are cheap, around 7 or 8 $, that is less than what you would lose using a regular thin kerf blade if you are cutting some exotic wood.
just my .02 cents worth.

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#10 posted 11-20-2013 06:30 PM

Smitty- how clean is the cut? Saw marks?

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#11 posted 11-20-2013 06:50 PM

Russell, I know you stated that you want to use the table saw and the rip’ed section at or towards the fence. Often when I rip lumber the piece or pieces deform due to the wild locked in stresses.

However this sounds like a perfect track saw type scenario depending I guess on the depth of cut required. There are numerous postings on LJ’s of easy shop built solutions for tracksaw like cutting that could yield accurate the repeatable rips that you are seeking.

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 06:56 PM

I got a Grr-Ripper set for Christmas last year and it’s designed for this sort of cut (among other very useful functions).

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 07:07 PM

Just rip them a whisker on the wide side and pass them through the planer to get them all the same width. If your anxious about being too close to the fence for a push stick, rip half length and flip the board.

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#14 posted 11-20-2013 07:07 PM

+1 with Elizabeth Grr-Rippers are awesome…I have a ultra thin rip adapter and regularly rip down to 1/8

-- Mike

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#15 posted 11-20-2013 07:16 PM

Russell. I made a jig similar to the Rockler jig using a bearing from a router bit bearing set. I cut 1/4 inch pieces of walnut for cutting boards.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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