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dTOX77

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07-10-2017 12:51 PM

hi guys,

im new to the site and fairly new to woodworking and all its glory. im trying to rip 6inch long 2×4 pretty thin. trying to get 10mm slices out of the 2inches and was wondering whats the best way to achieve this? what tools would you guys recommend? i have access to most of the tools, miter saw, table saw, circular saw etc.. im not really looking for fast runs, just want very clean accurate slices. i know its pretty dangerous to go that thin, thats why im looking for advice. thx guys


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#1 posted 07-10-2017 01:10 PM

Table saw with thin kerf blade. Or, bandsaw, less waste.

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#2 posted 07-10-2017 01:10 PM

Band saw set up with a resaw blade. At least that is what my first thought is. You can do it on a table saw but there will be a lot more waste, and risk.

Brian

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#3 posted 07-10-2017 01:10 PM

So you’re trying to create 10mm slices that are 1.5” tall and 6” long? Or are you trying to create pieces that are 10mm x 1.5” x 3.5”?

Given that the piece is very small, you’re going to need to be careful with how you hold and secure it. The best tool for the cutting is going to be the table saw or a good, well-calibrated band saw. I’d recommend coming up with a jig out of plywood to hold the piece in position and back up the cuts. Use a sled or miter gauge, and do not use the rip fence. Make sure the offcut slice is free to fall away from the blade.

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#4 posted 07-10-2017 01:16 PM

After rereading sounds like he’s resawing not ripping. He said “trying to get 10mm slices out of the 2inches”. So 10MM X 3.5” X 6”. If so, then bandsaw.

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#5 posted 07-10-2017 01:31 PM

thanks for all the replys guys! im trying to cut the 2×4 the tall way. sorry for the confusion, im a total noob still. band saw sounds like it’ll be the best solution for me. i think going with a table saw would just make me super nervous about kickback with the thin pieces..

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#6 posted 07-10-2017 01:46 PM

If you use a jointer, you can get VERY thin slices.

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#7 posted 07-10-2017 02:30 PM

I would use a table saw with a 4’ or so length of 2×4. Rip the 2×4 into several 10mm strips. Cut small parts to size with a handsaw using a bench hook.

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#8 posted 07-10-2017 02:34 PM

Tall side, I would also go with a bandsaw. However you do it I suggest using longer length 2×4s and then cutting them to length.

Another option would be a kerfing plane and hand saw but you most likely don’t have access to a kerfing plane.

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#9 posted 07-10-2017 02:34 PM

Bandsaw.

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#10 posted 07-10-2017 02:45 PM


If you use a jointer, you can get VERY thin slices.

- gargey

How do you rip/re-saw 10mm thin rips on a jointer?

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