how to get to square from here ???

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Forum topic by Abter posted 12-19-2016 07:59 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2016 07:59 PM

my question is really about how to get to rectangle from here, but getting to square sounds so much better

I am making a cheeseboard (aka long cutting board) with a diagonal pattern glued wood pattern. I first glued the whole set of strips together, creating a fair amount of excess ends of the strips that I needed to remove to create the rectangle I wanted. FYI the finished board is 12” x 28

Here is what I had after gluing:

after a ridiculous process I never want to go through again, here is what I finally wanted

I now know how I don’t want to do again.
What is a reasonable way to get there from here???

FYI, at our community center woodshop I have access to a table saw, a band saw with a 16” throat and a fence, a chop saw, a jointer and a planer (along with other power tools I doubt are relevant here). In an “emergency” I could go to a friend’s house who has a radial arm saw, but that would involve more time and another 6 pack of adult beverages.

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 08:03 PM

A circular saw and a straight edge to get one side evened up. Then run the parallel side thru the table saw. You can bring the last two sides square with the miter gauge on the TS.

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 04:00 AM

Could you use double sided tape to stick the board to your crosscut sled at the correct angle, this would give you a starting point from there you could use the fence or your crosscut sled like normal.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 01-18-2017 12:59 PM

A circular saw and a straight edge to get one side evened up. Then run the parallel side thru the table saw. You can bring the last two sides square with the miter gauge on the TS.

- ShaneA


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#4 posted 01-18-2017 01:28 PM

Tack them all onto a sheet of 1/4” ply or masonite leaving a true edge on the sheet goods. Use the true edge to trim the far side first and then turn it around and trim the opposite side.

You can use double faced carpet tape to adhere the pieces.

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 03:35 PM

I’d use the tape method on a piece of plywood or attach toggle clamps to the plywood and make a very useful shop fixture. The circular saw method is also good, you just need to clamp/secure your board well before cutting since it will be difficult to control the saw on the small surface.

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#6 posted 01-18-2017 03:43 PM

Draw a line with a straightedge and marking knife. Cut down the line with a sharp hand saw.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#7 posted 01-18-2017 04:03 PM

If it were me, in my shop, I would draw the rectangle on the blank and then use a straight edge clamped to it as a guide for my circular saw. Then, I would cut the other side off at the table saw, but cut it a little more than 12” so I could recut the other side at the table saw. From there I would use my crosscut sled to cut the ends.

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#8 posted 01-18-2017 06:06 PM

+1 on using a guided circular/track saw to establish a reference edge…but another option would be to adhere a straight 1-by-something to the work piece and run it against an L fence at the table saw. Seeing how wild and woolly your edges are though, you might have to do that in 2-3 steps.

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