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#1 posted 12-03-2012 02:41 AM

Depending on how the iron in the #5 is ground (straight edge, or with a camber) I’m sure you could rip with the saw you’ve got, assuming it’s decently sharp, and then clean them up and get them down to 2.5”.

If it were me, however, I’d opt for something a little longer, just because then you can take fewer long strokes instead of more short ones(changing direction is surprisingly energy consuming). I’ve got a cheap Irwin saw I picked up from a big box that’s 22” long, and some triple ground blah blah blah. It works fine for ripping, and I’ve used it to rip through 1” of red oak for 4’. Not the best cut ever, but that’s what planes are for :-)

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