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MsDebbieP

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921 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tearout tips tricks

what are your tips/tricks/strategies re: tearout
prevention? fixes?

(also add links to helpful blogs etc that are related to the topic)
 

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 921 days ago

In solid wood, always cut or rout the cross grain first.
Sometimes, a knife cut along the saw cut line will reduce tear out. Especially in plywood.
Painters tape helps, too.
Accurate fence to blade alignment is a must with plywood.
Use SHARP tools.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 921 days ago

backer boards whenever possible work for me.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 921 days ago

High ATB blades on the TS and a zero clearance insert in addition to the above mentioned tips.
Bill

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Gene Howe

4788 posts in 1931 days


#4 posted 920 days ago

One more tip for solid wood.
Dampening the area to be milled often helps.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Murdock

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#5 posted 919 days ago

On plywood, you can make 2 cuts, one just deep enough to cut through the face veneer then the 2nd to the full depth.

Also when using tape on your cut, remember to pull the tape off toward the cut edge, if you pull it the other way you can pull up bits of the wood that were left a little loose during the cut pretty much negating the benefit of the tape. Doesn’t happen all the time, but often enough that I remember now.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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Dan

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#6 posted 919 days ago

When I get tear out from the power machines I always fix it and clean it up with my hand planes. When the grain is going in different directions its hard to avoid tear out when going through the planer. With a good sharp hand plane you can work with the grain to clean it up….

For ripping on the TS I also have used tape as murdock suggested… works great especially when cutting dados.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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tom427cid

294 posts in 973 days


#7 posted 919 days ago

The worst tearout/splinters that I have encountered has been in Purpleheart 1/2” rounds that have been finished. I finally figured how to eliminate almost all of the issue. First I use a sawblade with negative hook.It’s 4 degrees. The second thing that I have learned to do is to orient the growth rings about 45 degrees to the cut. This has eliminated about 90% of the problem.
Hope this helps.
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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