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02-20-2013 09:05 AM

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Hello!
I’m new to woodworking and to Lumber Jocks, and was hoping to gain some knowledge/experience from some fellow Jocks. How to cross cut/ rip live edge slaps in order to turn two pieces into one?
Please share the different techniques and tools; you use in order to cut down your large slabs to a workable size and shape.
Thanks Captwalnut.


(this piece is two thick for my circular saw)

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 09:21 AM

It’s a job for a bandsaw for me. There are a few hard cores that would split it with a hand saw. I am not one of them.

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 09:22 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 01:19 PM

It can be done several ways. Most people build some kind of sled and attach the slab to it and run it through a bandsaw. You can also cut it w/ a circular saw, if the slab is not too thick, by attaching a guide to it. Hand sawing is another way to go.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 01:33 PM

I use a sliding table with my tablesaw. If you know anyone with a radial arm saw that would work. Or cut with a straight edge and your circular saw then finish with a handsaw. It is much easier to follow a pre-cut kerf.

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 05:53 PM

Great info guys, I’m trying to decide what would be best from the comments above. Most of my slabs are two thick for my 7 1/4 circular saw. So I really like the idea of starting with a circular saw and the finish with a hand saw. I was thinking about upgrading to a 10 1/4 circular saw, which would do the trick. But with a $500 price tag maybe some of these other ideas would be best.

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 05:57 PM

Maybe some photos of a table saw sled or band saw sled? Or any other photos of different methods and tools you guys use.

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 06:50 PM

It depends are you fitting two pieces together keeping the live edges on one, or are you just trying to go for a straight joint in the middle? And there are a couple of different ways to go about all of this so…

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