Want to make thin slices of pine. Please help.

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01-23-2011 10:00 PM

I have a problem here and I’m hoping to get some good ideas. I am making a pine bookcase for my son. I have finished everything but the back panel. I refuse to use any manufactured wood (MDF, plywood, etc.) so I am having a hard time covering up the back side. Here is my plan so far: It measures 33.5”Hx42”W. I have 8 1×6s that I plan on screwing in vertically and edge-to-edge to create the back panel. The only problem is, the 1×6s are too thick and will look horrible from the side and from the top of the bookcase. I need to get the 1×6s down to 3/16” of thickness, thus allowing them to remain out-of-sight. And this is the problem. I DO NOT have the tool to do this. I am thinking a nice, big bandsaw with a well-placed fence would do the trick? Of course, I do not have access to such a tool so it doesn’t really matter, right? I tried to use my table saw in the hopes that I could make multiple passes and eventually make it through an entire 1×6 stood on its side but that proved impossible. A handsaw? I really hope I don’t have to resort to using a handsaw. I’ll be out there for days! Plus, it’ll probably look horrible. My latest idea is to get a really long blade for my jigsaw and give that a shot. Its a pretty good DeWalt jigsaw so I think it might work. I’m just not sure how straight a line I could cut. And I don’t know if this would even be possible. These planks are 33.5” long and 5.5” wide. Can a jigsasw make that cut? So anyway, outside of buying a massive bandsaw, the jigsaw idea is the best I’ve got so far. Any ideas? Thanks!

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 11:29 PM

A 1×6 pine board usually measures 3/4×5 3/4 (or close to it). Not sure how high you can raise your table saw blade but even if it is only 2” it will help. Set up the rip fence so the blade centers on the thickness of the board (up on its’ edge) run it thru the saw- use a feather board to hold it against the rip fence, for safety. Flip the board end for end- keeping the same side against the fence and run it again. Don’t raise the blade high enough to completely separate the board. There should be a small section in the center- completely along the length- holding the board together. It’s a safer operation this way. If your saw bogs down, lower the blade and do the operations in many passes. Once you have cut as much as possible (or get to where there is the small section holding the two halves together). Then use your hand saw, jig saw with long blade or even a “saws all” to separate them. You’ll have to plane down the nub left from the hand sawing operation but it should work.

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 11:42 PM

Jigsaw-I doubt it will work well. Lew also has some good tips.

Another alternative-Leave it 3/4 but around all 4 edges, maybe 3-5 inches in, bevel it to your 3/16”. A handplane, belt sander, jointer, or even the table saw could work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 11:43 PM

Hey wooderson,
First, how do you wash that sawdust down? Beer? lol Love the by line. lol
Your table saw should be able to rip those boards on the vertical up to 3 ”. Have you tried to rip one side and then rip the other? Do you have a planer? Whether you resaw on a band saw or rip on a table saw, you will need to get rid of the saw blade roughness. Your 3/4” thick stock will wind up a bit less than 3/16”.

I’m sure there are others much closer than me, Lancaster, CA. But if push comes to shove, my bandsaw can handle resawing these ix6’s. And I am offering my help if you need it. But if it were me I would use the 1/4 plywood for the back.
I’m off the I-15 about 30 miles west of Victorville.Rand

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 11:45 PM

Lew is spot on

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 11:50 PM

Lew gave a much better description of what I meant. I guess we were all trying answer at the same time. lol

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