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Forum topic by Olaf Gradin posted 12-12-2007 04:01 PM 1443 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Olaf Gradin

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12-12-2007 04:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rip straight tablesaw rough wood

I screwed a scrap piece of wood onto some rough Magnolia last night to rip a clean edge on it. It worked as expected, though the screw holes left by the jig are annoying. Is there some fancy clamping technique I’m missing that could give me the same results without screw holes?

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#1 posted 12-12-2007 04:10 PM

I use double sided carpet tape all the time works great. There is also a two part jig you can buy at Rockler or Woodcraft that will hold your wavy piece onto a straight piece with no trouble. I’ll try to find a link for you.

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#2 posted 12-12-2007 04:18 PM

You can also make your own reusable jig with toggle clamps that hold the wood down.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 12-14-2007 04:55 AM

I was looking at the item Betsy referred to last night at Woodcraft.
Has anyone used this jig before? Looks like it would work pretty well.


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#4 posted 12-14-2007 04:58 AM

If you can, rip it oversize the first time, then flip it and rip off the screw holes. I think you can also make a ripping sled.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 12-14-2007 05:26 AM

If you can get some of the lever clamps and put it on a straight board or plywood. Put your board on top and clamp it down and saw it straight. I’ve also got two of these a 4' and an 8 , but I got them from the inventor. Rb Hawk bought him out.

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#6 posted 12-17-2007 05:34 PM

Plenty of good suggestions given already. If I were in your shoes I would probably rip it on the bandsaw and then joint it with a hand plane. I frequently skip the straight line ripping operation on my tablesaw and instead rip long boards reasonably straight on the bandsaw and then run them along my 8” powered jointer. That is one tool I can’t believe I did without for so long. It has improved my ww experience immensely.

-- Just another woodworker

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