Ripping long dimension of 2x4


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Old 01-15-09, 04:58 AM
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Ripping long dimension of 2x4

Is there a practical wasy to rip the long dimension of a 2x4, basically so I don't have to buy #1 1x4s at almost $5 apiece and also so I can fine-tune thickness? This is for filling in a thickness gap to match 2x6 framing in several long areas of 2x4 blocking.

I thought I would make 2 passes with either a circular saw or table saw but my table saw won't admit the 2x4 under the guards, and my circular saw with a framing blade pulls strongly off course, even with a clamped guide.
 
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Old 01-15-09, 05:14 AM
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There are times when the guard has to come off, but be careful. Since you will only be ripping half way through it isnít too bad. Not a job for a circular saw, but if it is pulling off course, look for some chipped or dull teeth on one side. Hope you donít have many to do. If your saw bogs down, cut an inch, flip, cut an inch on the other side on all pieces, then adjust for 1 ĺĒ and repeat.

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Old 01-15-09, 03:47 PM
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I wouldn't try it. That's asking a lot out of most table saws and they don't always like to be forced to cut something they weren't designed for.
 
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I guess I'll give up on manufacturing them myself. Then today I asked a guy at Home Depot why 1x lumber costs over twice what 2x lumber costs and he said, "What about these things?" These things are what they call "Handy Sticks" or something and they're basically #2 1x lumber, and they're less than $2 for an 8 ft. They're not kept with the 1x lumber, so I hadn't seen them before. A workable solution, altho I can't adjust thickness unless I shim some and plane others.
 
 

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