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08-05-2013 06:25 PM

Good day, I need some help with cutting the top of my box. I will use my table saw. My question is which blade do I use, a 24 tooth rip or a 80 tooth crosscut or some other blade.
Thanks for the help!!

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 06:30 PM

I would go with the rip blade. That is, of course, provided your grain is running horizontally, or parallel to the top and bottom of the box.


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#2 posted 08-05-2013 06:41 PM

wont matter because you will likely need to do a bit of sanding anyway.
However start on a short end and work your way around so that you are making a long cut last
Some will put a 1/8th shim at the top with a piece of masking tape – but that more depends on the shape of the box and how stable it is.

Though I tune the fence alignment – I always need to sand the box lid to remove a little ledge from one of the corners, as there will be a little spring to the box lid as you cut it free that can push you away from the fence just a smidge.

To Sand it all back flat I usually use doublestick tape on the sandpaperpaper on the wing of the table saw.

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 06:51 PM

Thanks for the help. That’s what I was thinking, but always goog to doubble check whrn in doubt.

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 10:58 PM

Another good tip (not mine) is to make your cut approximately 1/64” short of the full thickness of your box sides. This will eliminate the need for shims. After you have cut all four sides you can use a razor blade to cut through the remaining wood.

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 01:20 AM

MisterBill’s technique is much safer and less likely to ruin your box than making full thickness cuts.

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 01:26 AM

I have also used the same method as MisterBill..It is a time proven and accurate method. i also would put some tape where the outside cut will be to help avoid splintering.

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 02:25 AM

I build a LOT of boxes and cut the tops off in my band saw.

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 10:46 PM

I cut mine like Mister Bill, too.

Then I put a full sheet of sandpaper on a table with doubleback tape. I sand all four edges of the box and the lid with a rotary motion of my hands. Works great and insures you don’t sand too much on one edge and make a gap when the lid is on.

Since boxes are generally half an inch or less in thickness, a good combo blade works as well as a rip blade.

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 02:58 AM

Another vote for Mister Bill’s method.
Especially if your saw does not have a riving knife.

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 10:22 PM

Thanks again for all the information!! Now I can not only cut a box lid off but I can be safe doing it.

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