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LiveEdge

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07-11-2014 10:52 PM

I’m curious how people feel about the distance between the blade and the fence and what the minimum they would consider doing would be?

My push stick is a large plastic thing and is probably 1/2” wide. I have generally felt comfortable doing a 3/4” rip, but it does feel like the push stick is close to the blade. I once nicked the push stick on a different type of cut and it, of course, gave me quite a start and took a small chunk out of the stick.

Should I stop doing this and what would the alternative method be? (Don’t assume I can just put the 3/4” on the other side of the blade. Let’s say the wood is 1 1/2 inches thick and I’m trying to rip in half.)


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 10:54 PM

I have ripped as thin as 1/8” and felt safe doing it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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LiveEdge

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 10:57 PM

Just to be clear, you have 1/8” between the blade and the fence? How do you get the stock through? Do you grab it on the other end?

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 10:58 PM

Rip half the length, turn the TS off, flip the stock end for end and finish the rip.

-- Art

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 03:01 AM

I rip 1/8” strips pretty frequently. That is 1/8” between the fence and blade. A riving knife and push shoe make it as safe as any other cut. Since my push shoes are 3/4” thick I end up with a sacrificial one since it gets cut into.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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paxorion

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#5 posted 07-12-2014 03:12 AM

I’ve done down to ~1/4” and I currently use my Grr Ripper. Before that, I treated push sticks (shoe style) as sacrificial to perform the rip.

-- paxorion

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 07-12-2014 03:15 AM

Grr-ripper is great for 1/4” and even for 1/8” if you buy the thinner leg. Remarkably easy.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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cutworm

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 04:38 AM

Funny you should ask. Making shutter louvers. Got careless around 75 or 80: Ouch.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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emart

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 04:48 AM

I tend to use push sticks as well as other scrap lumber to help keep the wood against the fence since often the wood I’m ripping Isn’t very straight. The closest I have ripped is about 1/4” and since I make my own push sticks (with shark faces drawn on them) I make sure they are high enough to keep me well away from the blade. That being said I wouldnt mind making some sort of jig to do this more safely.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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NiteWalker

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#9 posted 07-12-2014 05:05 AM

Steve, I hope your healing is speedy and as painless as possible with an injury like that.

How did you get careless? How did your thumb come into contact with the blade?

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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cutworm

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#10 posted 07-12-2014 05:29 AM

Not paying attention. I had to cut about 120 or so louvers. After about 75 I started losing focus. Thumb is doing well. Pride isn’t. Here is the first set. All cuts are made for the remaining 4 sets.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Lumberpunk

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#11 posted 07-12-2014 05:32 AM

Sacrificial push stick… backsaw style. 1/8th

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NormG

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#12 posted 07-12-2014 05:50 AM

When I get that close I use wood push sticks, blade goes through them and I just make another one when needed

-- Norman

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Dunshuvlin

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#13 posted 07-12-2014 06:06 AM

I regularly cut to 3mm (yes we are metric over here☺) for laminated arches. A wooden, sacrificial push stick is essential if you want to keep your blood on the inside.

-- Dunshuvlin, Europe

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squazo

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#14 posted 07-12-2014 06:12 AM

i got some 128 stuff, granted i thought it would all be dust but i did accurately repeat it

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NiteWalker

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#15 posted 07-12-2014 07:33 AM



Not paying attention. I had to cut about 120 or so louvers. After about 75 I started losing focus. Thumb is doing well. Pride isn t. Here is the first set. All cuts are made for the remaining 4 sets.

- cutworm


If it’s any condolence, the shutters look great.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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