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Forum topic by kimosawboy posted 02-25-2014 03:10 PM 1284 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2014 03:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar rough sawzall planned refurbishing

Pretty straight forward to go from rough cut wood to smooth…. Try going the other way and and a little more thought has to go into it.
I do a lot of work in cedar and I either have it on hand form stock that I Alaskan Milled or get it from a mill down the road, always rough cut.
I recently needed rough cut cedar for a project that I’m working on and it had to be a certain dimension, and you guessed it, it had to be undersized of all the material I had on hand.
I looked on line to see if there were any pointers but pretty much came up with NADA. Of the hints that were out there the suggestions ranged from bandsaw /sawzall pulling the blade against the wood to idiots with grinders and steel wheels (not stainless or brass). All of these had people saying there suggestion was the greatest but no one actually backed themselves up with tips or saying they actually did it and it turned out good.
Anyways… what you need is…

Big Ass Coarse blade….I used a 7-TPI

Since Cedar is such a soft wood I tried a few different blades as well as a few different approaches.

I kept the saw at about a 25degree angle to the surface and dragged the blade with the grain for the length of the board. For a 48” pc. of cedar,from one end to the other took 5 seconds(ish) Each pass worked about 5” of material on a 11” blade. Three passes seemed to do the trick. The material I was using was 12” wide so it took a few passes on each side as well as a few in the center, and thats where the longer blade flexibility comes into play.
I was really very pleased to find that this worked so well, and is pretty quick to do.
Pics are
Tools of destruction
Angle of attack
First pass
Second Pass
Finished board

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 03:28 PM

i have done the same
using the band saw

pulling the board to you
at an angle
with the other hand
lightly keeping it to the blade
reverse and do the other end too

don’t want to change the dimensions
with deep scoring
just give that re-saw look

if you pull it to fast
the lines will come at an slight angle
not straight across

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 04:00 PM

If you have a bandsaw and need to resaw it, increase the set on one to three of the teeth and resaw the board. It should give you the results you want. Keep this blade aside and use it when you want the effect.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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