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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 07-07-2014 03:52 AM 1702 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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07-07-2014 03:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rip table saw narrow

Would you rip a 1” wide stick?
2”?

I don’t mean ripping narrow strips off a wide board. How narrow is too narrow to begin with? When you can’t use a push stick any more? How narrow can your push stick be? Just wondering, not experimenting, I don’t know the point when your safety is blown and this is info. I obviously haven’t been able to find anywhere.


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#1 posted 07-07-2014 03:52 AM

I’ve ripped off of a 1” wide board before. Not ideal though.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 05:09 AM

1”, no problem. I don’t think twice about it until I get down to 1/2”.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 05:26 AM

As long as i can clear the anti kick back pawls with the big orange Tool Designs push stick i am good, about 3/4”.

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 05:26 AM

Sorry for the double post.

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 05:38 AM

as thin as my Grrr-ipper can go :) 1/4” i believe!

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 06:53 AM

Here is my shopmade Rip-Snorter Push Block Provides control and safety. Works beautifully.

There is a better way to go for really thin strips. Take a look at Rocklers Thin Rip Table Saw jig.

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 08:39 AM

I’ve ripped down to 1/8” with no problems.
A riving knife and push stick (a sacrificial one in the case of 1/8” rips as my pushers are 3/4” thick) keep it safe.

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#8 posted 07-07-2014 10:22 AM

1/4” very often

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#9 posted 07-07-2014 10:50 AM

Yes, one can rip narrow pieces but you need to stop and think it through first. A very good jig or push stick is needed. Remember that the thin pieces trapped between the fence and the blade can come out like a high speed arrow.

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#10 posted 07-07-2014 11:57 AM

I’ve ripped strips 1/16” with no problem. I prefer to use a zero clearance insert and if just needing a quick one off strip instead of doing an elaborate jig set up I simply rip half the lenght and lifit it up, flip it over and rip the other half and lift the 1/16” piece up. No danger of kick back or any problem. I use this technique on saws that don’t have outfeed tables. It’s a saimple safe techique I’ve been using for 40 years and I can’t say I’ve read any others dong this in the magazines or forums. Also I’ve been in the trade professionally for 40 years.

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#11 posted 07-07-2014 12:12 PM

As long as you have a push block of some kind that will stay behind the piece trapped between the blade and fence, while keeping your fingers a safe distance away from the blade, I see no reason for having a minimum width.

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#12 posted 07-07-2014 12:17 PM

Cutting thin strips like this is why I make ten push sticks at a time. They get chewed up doing this. Makes it safe though. I keep the fence between me and the blade so that if there is kick back it does not hit me.

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#13 posted 07-07-2014 12:56 PM

1/4” for me, I have push sticks made from 1/4” stock.

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#14 posted 07-07-2014 12:57 PM

I think I’ve gone down to:
  • 1.5” when I have the guard and pawls in place and a push stick
  • 3/4” with the riving knife and a push shoe
  • 3/8” using the Grr-Ripper

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#15 posted 07-07-2014 01:32 PM



I ve ripped strips 1/16” with no problem. I prefer to use a zero clearance insert and if just needing a quick one off strip instead of doing an elaborate jig set up I simply rip half the lenght and lifit it up, flip it over and rip the other half and lift the 1/16” piece up. No danger of kick back or any problem. I use this technique on saws that don t have outfeed tables. It s a saimple safe techique I ve been using for 40 years and I can t say I ve read any others dong this in the magazines or forums. Also I ve been in the trade professionally for 40 years.

- rick1955


Ditto,
Do it all the time.

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