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#1 posted 12-03-2012 04:20 PM

Cleanliness of cut is generally a matter of the type of cut you’re doing and the sharpness of your saw. A dull saw leaves a crappier looking cut and has more tear out. In general, ripping leaves a rather ugly surface. Rip saws usually have fewer teeth, which contributes to an uglier cut.

There are some things you can do to reduce tear out. One of the main things I do is put blue painters tape along the line I’m cutting. This supports the wood fibers on the outside and helps to reduce tear out. Make sure your board is well supported as close to your cutting line as possible. As you’re nearing the end of your cut, change the angle you are sawing at to make it shallower. Make sure the offcut is always supported.


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