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11-09-2015 09:53 PM

So i’m in need of some advice.
I need to take pieces of ripped 2×10 and cut 17 degree wedges out of them the tall way.

My question is:
What is the best tool to do this with. i’ve been freehanding it with a band-saw, which isn’t hard, but doesn’t feel particularly safe. I don’t think i can secure it to the chop saw in a way thats safer than the band saw.
and the table saw has a middle section of the guard that doesn’t come out, but even if it did, it doesn’t seem safer than the already unsafe bandsaw.
i’ve posted an awefull picture trying to describe it. i’‘ll post a better one once i get home and have the actual wood to use for it.


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#1 posted 11-09-2015 10:29 PM

Bandsaw or handsaw are the only ways I’d tackle that cut.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 11-09-2015 10:50 PM

I agree that the band saw would be my tool of choice. Are you tilting the table and setting a fence? That would seem pretty safe to me. FWIW

-- Art

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 10:54 PM

I agree. Set the fence, use some push blocks. and take it easy as the blade exits the work piece. The blade should slowly exit, not jump out.

-- Fast is fine, but accurate is final. The real trick is learning to take your time when you're in a hurry. - Wyatt Earp

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#4 posted 11-09-2015 11:11 PM

The bandsaw would be my choice as well.

Can you make the cuts in longer pieces of stock and the crosscut to size later? This would give you more space for push pads/ sticks, makING it a little easier to control.

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 11:18 PM

I would make the cut on the table saw BEFORE cutting into 6in lengths. Cut from both sides and leave 3mm uncut in the center so the job stays together. A 30in length will contain 5 pieces add 3in to allow for a ragged exit.

The top photo shows the cut after separating the last 3mm by hand, the job is 210m wide.

A few more pics into the blog shows an experimental table using joined wedges.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#6 posted 11-10-2015 04:12 AM

Band saw and make a jig to orient the cut using the fence as a guide

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#7 posted 11-10-2015 02:41 PM

Im going to try and figure out how to make a jig for it, but until then i guess continue cutting by hand on the bandsaw.

Band saw and make a jig to orient the cut using the fence as a guide

- Ghidrah

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#8 posted 11-10-2015 02:59 PM

Be sure to use a rip blade on the bandsaw. 3 tpi. Won’t make ya have to force the cut.


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#9 posted 11-10-2015 03:32 PM

For me, it would depend on how many I had to cut. If it were a lot, I think I’d use my table saw sled with the blade tilted and put a sacrificial board on top for hold downs to clamp onto. Like Texcaster said, I’d rip the angle before cross cutting to length.

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#10 posted 11-10-2015 03:44 PM

Rough it out by running it through the bandsaw at he right angle and then finish off by a pass on the jointer if it needs to be smooth.

-- Brian Noel

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