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Forum topic by Douglas Bordner posted 01-30-2011 10:44 PM 900 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Douglas Bordner

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01-30-2011 10:44 PM

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I have some Menard’s proprietary solid surface backsplash that needs ripping and crosscutting. Any thing I need to know? Do I need a specialty blade, or will a Freud fusion do the job. And is there any risk to the blade or saw?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.


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Karson

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 11:08 PM

The Corian that I cut with my saw didn’t faze it at all. I also used standard carbide router bits on making profiles.

Good luck Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 11:13 PM

Several years ago, I decided to test the story about working solid surface material with “common, carbide, woodworking tools”. I fired up the TS, pushed a piece up to the blade, swallowed hard and pushed it thru. WOW!!
It worked just as advertised!! – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 11:40 PM

Thank you Karson. I hope the New Year is treating you right.
Sawkerf, I take it that that is a recommendation to forge ahead.

Menard’s calls their stuff Corinthian® so hopefully it handles similarly.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 12:04 AM

Carbide bits will have no NP.
Just dont smell like wood and wear a respirator

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 02:22 AM

Hi Douglas;

One thing nobody has mentioned… Be prepared for a mess. The dust gets everywhere!!!

I hope all goes well.

Lee

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 03:42 PM

Thanks Lee. I have orders from the boss. I just wanted to get an idea what I am in for.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 03:50 PM

Yeah…. that white powder isn’t sugar for your beignets, Douglas. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 02-05-2011 03:40 AM

UPDATE
Everything worked out great with my standard Freud Chopsaw blade and the Fusion ATB TS blade. It was pretty easy to form a roundover with a sharp block plane, and polishes up with 500 grit Abralon pads. Just had to get over the fear of the unknown. Thanks all!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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