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01-06-2010 02:54 AM

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I want to take a piece of 8/4 wood and cut it so that the bottom is wider than the top. I have done this to small boxes on my table saw. The problem is that I can only go about three inches on my table saw. I want to move up to wider boards. The best tool would be a band saw. I do not have a band saw however. Is there a way around this.


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#1 posted 01-06-2010 03:18 AM

I think you are asking about tapering the thickness? If that is indeed your question, and you own a planer then you can make a sled. The sled would need to hold one side of the board higher than the other when ran through.

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 03:21 AM

Can you cut it from both sides on your table saw. Cut it as far through as it will go and then flip it over and line up the cut and run it through to cut completely through!

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 03:24 AM

You can do this by drawing a line on your piece and band sawing and sanding to the line afterwards.

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 05:08 AM

Short answer: Run it through your planer, but put a long shim under one side first.

Long answer: If your board is, say, 8 inches wide by 6 feet long, put it on top of a 1/4 inch high and 6 foot long piece of wood (e.g. a furring strip). If you run this through your planer, you’ll be able to taper the thickness of the wood by up to a 1/4 inch. Increase the thickness of the furring strip to taper at a stronger angle. Sometimes it helps if you hot glue the strip to your board.

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 05:34 AM

You could use a hand saw, but it needs to be a rip or it will take forever.

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 05:35 AM

Sorry I missed the part about you not having a band saw plan “B” is to use a planner and sled or a ramp set at an angle and a router.

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