Rip cut 2x4 into 2 1x4's with table saw

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Forum topic by DaveNJ posted 08-24-2013 08:31 PM 6685 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2013 08:31 PM

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I would like some advice on rip cutting a 2×4 (4 ft. long) into two 1×4’s using a table saw. I have a home-built sled with clamps to hold down the lumber and keep my hands far away from the blade.

My question is—if I cut half way through and then flip the board and do the other half, is this kind of a cut (only half way through) likely to cause kickback?

Thanks for the advice.

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 08:46 PM

If you flip and get the same side on the fence, go slow (very at the end) , when it cuts thru, hold it on the fence and turn the saw off. small mark left by the blade. keep smiling John

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#2 posted 08-24-2013 08:48 PM

I think others will chime in with the same thoughts.

Make your first rip a little less than half of the thickness. Then flip end for end and do it again.

Complete your cut with a hand saw.

Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 08-24-2013 09:19 PM

You understand that after a couple of days, the 1×4s are likely to resemble pretzels, right?

If you start with KD 2×4s, it won’t be as bad, but the inexpensive ones warp pretty fast when you make a cut like that.

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#4 posted 08-24-2013 09:39 PM

I would go buy a 1X 4 they are cheap and safer than ripping a 2×4 on the table saw. You will also have less of a chance of them warping.

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#5 posted 08-24-2013 11:02 PM

yep they will go pretzel quick unless your going to glue them dowm soon as you cut them

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#6 posted 08-24-2013 11:11 PM

I just finished resawing 33 5/4” x 6” x 8’ cedar deck boards on the TS by just standing them up and running them through. no sled or other stuff to get in the way. the blade is buried I don’t see where the concern is, just watch your hand placement as the blade exits the wood. I needed 500+ 3/8” x 5” x 12” pieces to make diamonds, scallops, points, and dog ear siding pieces for a historic house I am working on. after resawing I had 7/16 left then I planed them down to the final thickness. what you are trying to do will work but you will not have 3/4 when you are done 1 1/2 – saw blade = 11/16 left. also the odds the board is straight enough that the saw blade meets in the middle is rare. so if you were making 5/8 stock you would be good.

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#7 posted 08-24-2013 11:24 PM

2x lumber is the wettest thing the borg sells except for those sodas in the case next to the checkout stand.
So +1 to everyone who said “you can cut them but they will turn into pretzels.”

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