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Posted on Efficient setup for taking stock to thin thicknesses

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 11:24 PM

A Hitachi resaw can make that cut. Runs a 3” wide blade.
Narrower blades on cheaper saws can make the cut too,
but the tolerances are so fine you’ll be constantly fussing
with setups unless you invest in a saw actually designed
for resaw applications.

A custom-made scraping machine perhaps. In the old days
luthiers would scrape purfling to thickness. I don’t remember
what the old tool is called. Your designed width is thin enough
to set it up with an oscillating drum sander and a fence,
hand feeding the work.

You didn’t specify what you are working to make and I
don’t want to pry into your business, but you are asking
for a really fine tolerance in wood, presumably hoping
for reasonable speed, economy of the machinery involved,
and a reject rate that doesn’t drive you crazy.

One solution would be to get the Hitachi or other robust
smaller resaw and farm out the thickness sanding to a
shop with a wide belt.

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