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Forum topic by Melman posted 07-22-2013 06:35 AM 3337 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2013 06:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw bandsaw

Fellow LJ’s, I have a novice question for you. I have an 8” wide 8/4 board that I want to resaw to make 2 8” wide 4/4 boards (or almost 4/4…I understand that they won’t be exactly 4/4, which is ok). Since I don’t have a bandsaw, I was planning on making a blind rip cut with my table saw, flip it over and do the same on the other side. Is this the best way to accomplish this?

Even if I had a bandsaw, I noticed that several 12” models only provide a height of 6” and it takes a BS of 14” or greater to get into the 8” height range. So, if I had a 12” BS, the board would be too wide for it anyway.

Can you please let me know if my plan to use the table saw this way is a good idea? Or, if I should really use a bandsaw, what models should I look for (which have a height of at least 8”)?

Lastly, if I had a 10 or 12” wide board, what could I do? My table saw is only 10”..I don’t have a sawmill in my garage.

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 07:29 AM

Do cuts on both edges on the tablesaw, finish with a handsaw.

If you’ll be doing this a lot, consider saving for a nice bandsaw with the resaw capacity you need.

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 08:43 AM

I’ve done that very trick myself. (On a non-premium table saw and using 6/4 stock) Expect to lose more thickness than originally planned. It’s tough to get those cuts right on the money.

In my case, planing was required after the fact. Do you have access to a planer?

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 11:24 AM

post one has it you can also finish with a recipricating saw after you make the cuts on the tablesaw

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 12:25 PM

Flip the board end over end, not side to side when you make the second pass on the table saw.
You want to keep the same side against the fence so the two cuts line up..
Be sure the blade is exactly at 90 degrees and that you are using a rip blade.
A crosscut blade will not be able to clear the gullets and will probably over heat.
Figure on losing at least 1/8 inch, plus a little more for finishing, planing, sanding, etc.
Probably between 3/16 and 1/4 loss depending on how accurate your cuts are.
Hand saw to finish. I would use my Stanley “Sharp Tooth” hand saw, only ~$12 at HD.

By the way, any time you are ripping on a TS this is the preferred method. That is, to leave a small un-cut strip down the center of the board. It’s safer and less likely to bind or kick back. On narrow stock you lower the blade to accomplish this.

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 10:03 PM

Where you at I will cut it

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 10:12 PM

It can be done on a TS, but not just any TS. I would not do it on a contractors saw due to the instability of the saw, even with someone holding it. So if your saw is up to snuff, you can do it and just sand out the inevitable line.
Or better yet, find a friend with some big tools. :)

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#7 posted 07-22-2013 10:27 PM

@melman – just to let you know, band saws are listed (10, 12, 14, 17 inch, etc.) by the throat capacity. And even then, the actual width between the blade and housing is slightly less due to the way the saw housing is made.

As for cutting depth, my 14 inch Grizzly has a cutting depth of 6 inches or slightly less. That is without a riser adapter which would allow a greater cutting depth for resawing or sawing logs.

Speaking of sawing logs, it is just about my nap time. :-)

Hope this helps.

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#8 posted 07-23-2013 01:58 AM

Russel, I’ve resawed wider boards on my bosch 4100 with no problems. Slow going, but it worked fine.

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