3/8 rip

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Old 12-23-20, 02:39 PM
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3/8 rip

I need to rip some long 3/8" pieces in the table saw.
is there a push blocki could make for this? Wouldn't it have to be 3/8 or less to guide the piece past the blade?
 
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Old 12-23-20, 02:48 PM
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Yep, make a push stick out of 1/4" plywood or 1/4" thick hardwood that has no knots. Put a notch in the front of it to fit over the piece you are ripping.
 
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Old 12-23-20, 03:43 PM
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Or like the 1/4" filler pieces, (4' long) that I cut this past week end, you just simply watch where the blade is, keep hands in front and behind the blade.

A push stick has it's limitations, I fully understand what it is for but typ it just doesn't work!
 
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Old 12-23-20, 03:47 PM
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When they get too thin they are more dangerous than not using one. A push stick that breaks can run your hand right into the saw blade.
 
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Yeah but 3/8"? I could never push it far enough.
the other thing I saw was a type of push block that slides over the guide
 
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My old saw didn't have a guard so I used a bigger piece for pushing and just let the saw cut into it. My new saw has a guard and with really narrow stuff I feed the material in until it's about half way. Then I move to the other side of the saw and pull it through, but obviously that isn't for the best quality cut.
 
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Old 12-23-20, 05:57 PM
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I would just make a push stick/block using a 2x4 or larger. Just cut a notch on the bottom or attach a 3/4 piece on the end that extends down to catch both pieces of wood you are ripping. The push block will just run over the blade.

I made some of these and they work well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJM1FFOiQ_M
 
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Old 12-24-20, 05:59 AM
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That's pretty much what I use, not as fancy as the one on You Tube. I just cut about a 6" piece of scrap 2x4 and glue a sacrificial piece on the bottom side (narrow edge). Eventually I'll have used it often enough on varying width rips for it to lose its purpose and I make up a new one. Always have scrap around to repurpose.
 
 

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