dumb table saw question


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Old 12-12-05, 10:21 PM
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dumb table saw question

So I bought some 1x4's that actually need to be 5/8" depth, not 3/4". Cap I rip the wood in that dimension? Seems a little dangerous, even If I use a pusher. Not sure how the pros would do it.

I could also just go buy a piece of 5/8", but I can't find anything except redwood, which is probably too soft for my application.

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Old 12-13-05, 12:08 AM
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It's doubtful that your tablesaw would make that much cut in one pass. It would be best to re-saw with a bandsaw.
 
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Old 12-13-05, 03:30 AM
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The simplest too to usel for what you want to do is a thickness planer.
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I have tried in the past to rip the thickness of 2x4's on a table saw. It doesn't make for a smooth cut [still need to be planed or belt sanded]. You have to cut half at a time which causes the saw to bind up. You run the risk of either throwing the breaker or throwing the lumber back at you.

IMO using a planer would be easier than cutting such a thin area off of a 1x with a bandsaw. Is it possible to use 5/8" plywood?
 
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Old 12-13-05, 07:22 AM
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thanks for the replies all. That's kind of what I thought. I can just used some trim that's 5/8", or I guess plywood might work in a pinch.
 
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Old 12-20-05, 06:36 AM
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Plane them with a drum sander or plane. If you have one.
 
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Old 12-20-05, 04:36 PM
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I'm assuming the sawcuts on the back side won't matter since you're probably not doing finish work. I rip stuff like that on the table saw all the time. Set your saw blade about 2" high, and cut halfway through on the first pass, then flip it end for end and cut the rest of the way through on the 2nd pass. All you have to do is have a sharp blade and keep it tight against the fence and tight against the table.

And yes, if it's possible to use plywood rather than 1x4's, get 5/8 plywood.
 
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Old 12-20-05, 06:09 PM
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thanks. I went ahead and bought some 5/8" baseboard and ripped off the width I needed. Worked great.
 
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even a cheapie table saw with a good blade will do it.

I did it last week about 18 8' lengths , just don't force the wood in, go slow.
Also yes be careful , always, always with any power tool.

The great thing about having a cheapie delta table saw is that if
I can manage to kill I can get something nice.
(well how else can I justify it)
 
 

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