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Forum topic by zindel posted 08-12-2011 09:57 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2011 09:57 PM

Okay so first off i just got engaged and yes I am already being put to work on wedding plans…not so much fun…however i was very excited to hear that she would like some candle holders made for guests as gifts…so a very good excuse to run to the shop all i want. Anyways getting on with it…with my many piles of scrap walnut i am going to glue them up and cut it all down to about a 3×3 or 2.5×2.5 its just going to hold a single tea light. Now my question is how would everyone of you go about getting them cut down? my table saw with a my sled goes to about 3” and that might be a bit tough on my ts to cut that many with it being walnut and all and using the full blade. Suggestions?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 11:32 PM

Grats on the engagement!

A little confused here…are you gluing them up and then making cubes? If so, it would be 3×3 x 3???

If so, that’d be a something better accomplished on a bandsaw.

If it is 3×3 x 1-ish, then I would rip boards to width and section off with the miter gauge on the TS.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 12:15 AM

I agree with jay, another option would be a band saw.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 10:03 PM

Oh No , you have already got a Honey Do List and your not even married yet. :) Well at least it’s a Woodworking list.

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 10:38 PM

Sounds like he’s piling all his wood together with some glue to make a single uniform(ish) board about 3×3. Then he’ll cut to whatever height is desired. A band saw would be great, but I’m guessing if he had one he wouldn’t be asking the question :)

No, if you’re trying to cut bigger than your blade height you’re pretty much stuck with making two passes on the table saw for each cut – cut, flip, cut. If your fence/jig system is nice enough its not as bad as it sounds. I want to make me a sled for this kind of thing.

The really fun part will be making the holes for the candles….Drill press and a big Forstner bit? How many guests do you have? Might have to un-invite some folks…

-- Logan

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 10:48 PM

yeah i do have a band saw but it doesn’t have a fence so i may have to go about getting one of those. and yes your right i am putting multiple boards together to create a single cube 2.5” all around. Seems like the bandsaw is the way to go i was just thinking with walnut that may take quite some time.

I am expecting some 200 people but i don’t think i will make that many ha more than likely i will have only enough scrap walnut for about 100 so the rest will get something a little less fun.

I did make a prototype already and it turned out great and yes the hole drilling was quite fun :) 1 1/2” Forsner bit worked perfectly and it looks very good!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 02:26 AM

For a fence a simple L shaped piece clamped will work.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 08-19-2011 03:19 AM

I agree with Don W. I use a 30” piece of bed frame rail with a piece of 3/4” birch plywood bolted to it as a band saw fence. It’s been working well for the last year or so.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 05:18 AM

I made a fence for my bandsaw, but before I made it, its all I used.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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