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Forum topic by dalec posted 12-10-2007 03:59 AM 841 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2007 03:59 AM


I am about to start late on some Christmas presents. I have a couple of maple boards. They are 4/4 and 5/4. I plan to make one box and would like to make the box sides between 1/4” to 3/8” thick. The boards are 5-6” wide. I don’t have a band saw. So the alternatives as I see them are: resaw using my table saw or cutting the boards into 1/4 or 3/8” strips and gluing to get to suffiicently wide board to make the box sides.

Did I miss any alternative or is there another way to go?



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#1 posted 12-10-2007 04:05 AM

The table saw should resaw those for you. Might want to take a few passes raising the blade each time depending on how good a blade and how much horsepower ya got.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 12-10-2007 04:33 AM

If you don’t have a cabinet shop in your area, you can cut as far as you can from both sides, then finish with a hand saw and clean it up with a planer, drum sander, or hand planes. Just another option.

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#3 posted 12-10-2007 05:32 AM

Thanks miles125, F.Luna and Tom(mot)

I raised my TS blade to the highest setting, measured and came up very near 3”. Based on that measurement, I should be able to or come very close to resawing 6” boards. So it looks like I can take several passes til I get to the saw blade height and then flip the board to complete the resaw process.

I will double check to be sure my blade is 90 degrees to the the table before I start this process. Any other suggestions on resaw on my TS?

If it goes poorly, I will head off to the nearest cabinet shop.


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#4 posted 12-10-2007 05:44 AM

Well those seem to be your options. If you are going to do this often, I’d recommend a bandsaw as your next big purchase.

Today I used my bandsaw with resaw blade to rip a 2 3/8” X 10” X 36” piece of cherry into four legs. I was concerned about the boards twisting and binding in the saw blade. (It didn’t happen, they cut perfectly straight)

Ripped 3 – 2” X 9” X 20” long white pine in two 4.5” boards and then resawed them into 5/8” thick boards and jointed and planed it to 1/2 ” thick boards for a ship-lap back in a bedroom side lamp stand. My bandsaw is as important as my table saw to me.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 06:03 AM

I support the guys comments about taking several passes, and finish with a hand saw if necessary. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to plead your case for a new bandsaw.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 12-10-2007 07:15 AM

Thanks Karson and Todd for your thoughts on my little issue. I am in the middle of finishing some trim pieces for a friend, so can’t make saw dust for a few days. Once I am done with the finishing work, I will resaw the boards.

I am just getting into woodworking. I agree it would be nice to have a band saw. It isn’t in the cards or the budget right now and then its an issue of finding room in our crowded garage. Now I am seeing the value of a band saw. I could also use a jointer. If I thought for minute, I could come up with a list of things I need. In any event, I may be coming back with a request for band saw recommendations sometime in the future.

As a side note: One of the boards I have is figured maple. Not having any experience with this what may be a dumb question. If I ripped figured maple board into 1/4” or 3/8 strips to glue into a board 1/4” or 3/8” thick, would be figured maple show on the opposite axis?


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