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#1 posted 03-13-2013 02:16 PM

Jeff, I don’t understand if you made a rip cut (with the grain, down the length of the board) or a crosscut (against the grain, across the width of the board), so I will help with each.

If you rip a board, you clean up the edge with a jointer plane. If you crosscut the board, the easiest and most accurate way to clean it up is on a shooting board. I would not reach for a chisel to clean up saw cuts. A block plane will further aggravate you if you are cleaning up a rip cut.

Lastly, crosscutting with a rip saw is going to continually frustrate you if that is how you made the cut. There are a ton of old crosscut hand saws out there that you can get for pennies on the dollar. See if you can find one to get rid of the stress a rip saw will give you.

-- Mike

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