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Forum topic by MarkFSanderson posted 12-15-2017 03:54 PM 1927 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MarkFSanderson

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12-15-2017 03:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: horizontal cedar fence bandsaw tablesaw finishing

Greetings, First time poster, have been lurking a while . . . and now I have a question about the ‘proper’ tool to use. I’m working and about ready to finish up our horizontal cedar fence. Fence looks pretty good so far, but I’m worried about the finish step. Not sure if that’s the right name; but in order to finish up the fence I’ll have a number of long rips from about 3 feet to just under 8 feet on 5.5” cedar tongue and groove about 3/4” thick. These will be the bottom boards that will be about 1” above the ground surface as well as the top-most that will be trimmed to fit the top horizontal board. The very top will be capped off with a 1×4 or 1×6 board running the entire length of the fence. So here’s the problem; What tool do I use to make these long cuts? Here are the choices as I’m seeing them so far, please fill me in with more choices as you see fit.

1) Table saw with out-feed, some kind of jig to ensure a straight cut and safety.
2) Band saw (widest blade?) with again some kind of fixture or jig (not sure the difference) to ensure a stable and consistent cut
3) Utilizing my 8’ long work table to clamp a guide and use my 5.5” circular saw.

What am I missing? I don’t have a band or table saw, but I’d sure like justification to buy one. I’d love to get into wood working (toys for my 4 year old, boxes, furniture and etc) but the priority is to get this fence right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I’m going to try and post pictures of my fence, not sure how – but I’ll figure it out and add a link here.

Thanks Again!

Mark!


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#1 posted 12-15-2017 10:00 PM

I would go with window number 3. The circular saw with a guide will do the job just fine and should leave a fairly clean edge. Also it is quite portable if working on a job site.
You could use a band saw with a 3/8” or wider skip tooth blade (you don’t need to go larger than 1/2”) and a fence clamped on the table as a guide. The cut edge may not be as smooth but it is after a fence. If you want to be fussy just use a hand plane to smooth it.
Lastly if you have the funds buy a nice table saw. A good quality one will last many many years if maintained. It will produce the smoothest fastest cut.

-- Les B, Oregon

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MarkFSanderson

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#2 posted 12-16-2017 01:51 AM

Les, Thanks for the advice. I was leaning towards #3 myself. Any blade recommendations for the circular saw? Would I want to get higher tooth count (60 to 80) for ripping cedar to make a cleaner cut?

Thanks!

Mark

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 12:46 PM

agree, circular saw and a guide rail are the way to go with this..

look up “circular saw sled”.. plenty of How To videos on them..

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#4 posted 12-16-2017 02:43 PM



agree, circular saw and a guide rail are the way to go with this..

look up “circular saw sled”.. plenty of How To videos on them..

- rbrjr1

Great idea ! Thanks – will do!

Mark

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#5 posted 12-16-2017 03:02 PM

Welcome to lJs
30-year contractor here ,I would opt for a table saw it’s easier and you can’t pass up your excuse to by one for woodworking. Most of the time I recommend table saws with larger tables but this one will work fine for the projects you want to do.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW745-10-Inch-Job-Site-Capacity/dp/B000HXT2N6/ref=sr_1_5?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1513436450&sr=1-5&keywords=dewalt+table+saw

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MarkFSanderson

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#6 posted 12-17-2017 01:40 AM

Thanks Jim! I’ve looked at the articles comparing bosch 4100-09 vs Dewalt 7491RS, and I’m tempted to buy one of these. After I’m through with the fence, I’d like to do some beginning/intermediate wood working project and etc. It seems that Dewalt has a great fence and the Bosch has precision and build quality going for it. Any other insights?

Thanks!

Mark

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#7 posted 12-17-2017 01:51 AM

Your Welcome Mark.
I own the Dewalt as a job site saw,it’s rack and pinion fence is does not flex and is dead on accurate. Bosch makes good tools too.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 12-17-2017 02:45 AM

I’m assuming that the 7491RS is accurate enough where I can do simple furniture, boxes, toys, etc etc? I’ve noted that it has optional extension tables and etc . . . I suppose I could trade/upgrade to a hybrid/cabinet as I advance in skills . . .

Mark

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