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Forum topic by Lumpyx posted 02-23-2013 05:51 AM 1485 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2013 05:51 AM

I have a piece of 3/8” poplar that’s 5 1/2” x 8”. I need to make two cuts in this board. They will both be on the corners of the 8” side. The pieces I need to notch out are 3/8” x 3/8” and I’m having some difficulty getting this done. Normally I would just dado them out however the saw I will be using at work has a guard that can’t be taken off and the piece is too tall to dado without it hitting the bottom of the guard. What other method is there? I already attempted on my first piece to just mark it out on the board. Score it with a utility knife and follow the grooves with a little six inch hand saw but my lines are so crooked it doesn’t fit snug against the piece it’s suposed too.

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 06:22 AM

Band saw, jig saw, or hand saw. Clean up with chisels if necessary.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 12:32 PM

Bandsaw. Cut inside the lines and clean it up with a sharp chisel.

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 02:42 PM

If you have a router table, you could do it with a rabbetting bit. You’d want to sandwich it between two waste boards for support.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 04:31 PM

Thanks guys. I ended up using a table saw in our window repair department that did not have a guard. I just cut a dado with a miter gauge to hold it in place while I cut. I attempted to use the hand saw on my first piece but I have far from a steady hand with that thing.

-- "For long you live and high you fly, but only if you ride the tide."

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