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Forum topic by jophoto posted 10-14-2013 10:31 AM 588 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:31 AM

I’m a new member and this is my first post. I have often visited this site for info, but am having a hard time finding what I need this time, so joined up and looking forward to being a member.

I am currently without a TS, but am soon to purchase a Dewalt DW744XRS. I do not have a shop, so this saw allows me the ability to fold it away when time to turn “shop” back into garage at the end of the day.

I have started working with wine barrels to make various projects. I have been looking for ways to rip thin (1/2”+/-) sections from the staves for use in framing applications. I will use these to make frames for wine box panels, serving trays, etc. As you know, the staves are concave, so riding along a fence does not work, at least until you have made the first cut to square one side.

I was introduced to the sled concept, but it doesn’t seem correct/safe for use with a portable saw of this type that does not have feed tables.


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#1 posted 10-15-2013 02:24 AM

easy enough. How much spring do your staves have .

If you are new at this you may consider a bandsaw for this type deal.

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 02:34 AM

My sled to straighten the edge out does not require “feed Tables”. (not sure what they are). My sled runs along the slot in the saw table top. Does not even use the fence.

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 04:08 PM

Ripping long pieces along the grain can be somewhat dangerous; if the wood has any stress against itself it will tend to close against the blade, the blade sending the piece right back at you. I know quality woodworkers who have had this unfortunate experience. Table saws are powerful. If you have any issue holding the wood solidly I would also recommend a band saw, or a jigsaw, or whichever tool that will give you optimum control. If you need to use a table saw, I’d recommend building a jig that will hold the piece without question.

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 04:26 PM

Band saw and perhaps hand planes would be worth considering from the sound of it. Feed tables mean an outfeed table on a table saw? Small sled could work without one.

How big are the staves? how much bend? Photos would help as well.

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