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Forum topic by KevinH posted 10-11-2012 06:27 PM 1055 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2012 06:27 PM

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I recently enjoyed completing a small keepsake box, but I’m wondering if there is a good blade for cutting the small pieces for the design on the top. I had good success with a crosscut sled that I built for this purpose, but when I cut the small pieces, small chips broke off from the trailing edge of the cut on occasion – not most of the time, but on occasion.

I use a 10-inch tablesaw with a Freud thin-kerf ripping blade. I have an ATB/R blade that I have used for general purposes, but I got lazy and left the ripping blade in the saw for this project.

I’m willing to live with occasional chipping, but if there is a better blade, I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you!

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 07:20 PM

A zero clearence insert, so that just the blade shows. A scrap piece of wood BEHIND the thin /small piece that you are cutting. Sometimes, I will install one of those “Plywood” 100+ tooth blades. Thin pieces? Maybe install a plywood style Circular saw blade as well.

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 08:09 PM

You might try a blade with a Hi-ATB grind with 60T to 80T for less tearout (the steeper the top bevel, the less tearout), plus the backing techniques that bandit571 suggestion. Infinity 010-080, 010-060, Forrest Duraline or WWI, Freud LU80, CMT 210.080.10, etc.

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 08:27 PM

I’d go with a hand saw. A well-tuned hand saw cuts fast and straight. It is also much safer than using a table saw for cutting small pieces. I hate the thought of putting my hands really close to that spinning blade. A handsaw is quieter and I think it’s more fun too. Eliminate tearout by first marking the cut with a marking knife or cutting gauge.

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 02:06 AM

I cut a lot of thin stock with my 24 tooth Diablo and find that a ZCI and backer board produce splinter free cuts. Just sayin what works for me.

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 02:31 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate all of your suggestions. Thanks for responding.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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