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Posted on Need help ripping a Hexagon post from a 4x4

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 03:16 PM

I think the crucial settings for you are going to be blade tilt and distance of the fence from the blade. Don’t get frustrated and, instead, just keep fine tuning both. The built-in blade angle indicator and fence distance tape will only give you a first approximation – not anywhere near accurate enough for your project. Even a hand held protractor and steel tape will only get you close to the final settings, in my opinion.

I would start by having a number (6 to 9) of 4 by 4 test pieces long enough to safely rip and exactly the same height/width as your final piece and then trial and error my way to the final settings. Also, it is essential your 4×4 be perfectly square with all four sides precisely the same dimension. If you only rip one-third of the way into each test piece you’ll have 12 to 18 attempts at establishing your final settings.

You may want to focus on getting the blade angle first because changing blade tilt will alter the distance from the fence.

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