|Forum topic by JoelB||posted 03-07-2011 07:40 AM||1600 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-07-2011 07:40 AM
I need your help. I am about to start a project which will require me to cut a quantity of 100 (3/32”) strips from a 2.75” thick piece of hard maple. The idea is to glue the strips up into a bent lamination. The length of the strips will be approximately 80” long. Looking for advice as for how to go about cutting these strips. I have a 3hp unisaw and a 14” bandsaw. I have a lot of time with the table saw, but the bandsaw is new to me…so not sure about trying to resaw the strips. I also have a jointer and planer to prep the stock.
The table saw seems to be the logical answer to this…it is simple to cut this strips and the depth of cut is sufficient to slice through the stock. Speed is also on the side of the table saw. Cons for the table saw are that for every 3/32 I will be chewing up an additional 0.125” worth of wood to accommodate the blade thickness.
The bandsaw would no doubt be much slower, but I wont waste as much lumber due to the thickness of the saw blade. Cons on the bandsaw however are that I have to run every strip through the planer and also joint the main stock for every pass.
All in all it seems the two methods are a wash in terms of waste, but the TS would get the nod due to speed and the ability to get repeatable results.
So two questions…am I thinking this through correctly and what would be a good ripping blade to do what I am after (rip thick stock that is ready to glue up in a bent lamination).