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Forum topic by GJK posted 08-10-2014 03:48 AM 637 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GJK

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08-10-2014 03:48 AM

I would like to make a larger version of the after-shower mat, shown below, that is made of European beech and is approx. 23.5” x 17.75 x .75>

The piece I would like to make would be larger (approx. 40” x 23.25” x .75”) and for another room.

I now have a piece of European beech:

from which I would like to cut 16 slats each 40” x 1.25” wide x .75” deep

To do that, I have removed about .5” from both faces to clean up the small holes and also trim off the waste on the side and I have cut the board in half to create two 40” long boards. I now need to:

1. Cut two slices each 5” wide x .75” deep from each.

2. Then cut each of the four pieces into four equal strips 40” long x 1.25” wide x .75” deep.

Thus, there would be 16 equally sized pieces 40” long x 1.25” wide x .75” deep.

Is is feasible to make these cuts? with what equipment?

I would then need router to shape edges.


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 12:10 PM

Table saw comes to mind.

-- In God We Trust

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 12:31 PM

_To do that, I have removed about .5” from both faces to clean up the small holes and also trim off the waste on the side and I have cut the board in half to create two 40” long boards. I now need to:

1. Cut two slices each 5” wide x .75” deep from each.

2. Then cut each of the four pieces into four equal strips 40” long x 1.25” wide x .75” deep.

Thus, there would be 16 equally sized pieces 40” long x 1.25” wide x .75” deep.

Is is feasible to make these cuts? with what equipment?

I would then need router to shape edges.
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The table saw would do the trick but I see a problem with steps 1 and 2. If your board is 5” wide and you want four strips at 1-1/4” wide, then you are not considering the saw kerf. Assuming that you would use a 1/8” kerf rip blade and want to have 4 rips at 1.25”, the board would have to be a minimum of 5-3/8” wide.

Even with a bandsaw that has a thinner kerf, you would need to have a board wider than 5” to get four strips of 1-1/4”.

Unless I’m reading your post wrong, it isn’t feasible to get four strips 1-1/4 wide out of a 5” board. You would have to make the slats narrower (considering a saw kerf) or get a board wide enough to allow waste for the saw kerfs

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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GJK

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 02:15 PM

Thanks to several lumberjocks for quick and useful replies. OMG I forgot the kerf! Will be able to live with slightly narrower pieces. I wonder what finishing I should use to minimize slipperiness??? I’ll be researching this carefully.

As to tablesaw vs other choices, I am at a loss as my workshop does not as of now include a table saw. I wasn’t sure if a jointer would be better??

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kdc68

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 02:35 PM

I wasn’t sure if a jointer would be better??

No. A jointer is not a tool (saw) to take a wide board and rip (saw) into narrow strips.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 04:46 PM

If you want to make this project, you will have to have a saw of some sort. Either find a friend with one or if you want to do it yourself, get a Japanese style rip saw. They have a very small kerf and can follow a line very closely. The rest will be planing and sanding. A power saw will do it much faster.

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GJK

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 03:18 PM



Table saw comes to mind.

- Jim Finn


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GJK

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 03:30 PM

Lacking a table saw (and prefering, when possible, to go “Neanderthal,”) I took advice made in general terms six months ago from two woodworking friends to look into Japanese saws. MrRon made this same observation (see post above!). So I bought a Japanese saw and find it incredible in helping me keep to a straight line and reduce the kerf:

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 03:31 PM

I’ve cut slats on table saw a number of times. I have found a Grr-ripper and a good splitter (MJ splitter on mine) to be very helpful in guiding the slats through the saw.

-- "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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#9 posted 08-15-2014 03:36 PM

That’s ambitious! Even though I have a similar saw, I don’t think I ever would have attempted that cut. My arms and back hurt just thinking about it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Hammerthumb

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#10 posted 08-15-2014 06:50 PM

Yeah – can’t beat youthful enthusiasm!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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GJK

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#11 posted 08-18-2014 08:17 PM

Hey Paul, Youthful enthusiasm? At 69, I’ve have to admit to elderly stubbornness instead! And Charlie, it wasn’t that bad on the arms; easier than with my big Lynx saw. I’m not convinced the kerf was that much less with the Japanese saw. Anybody in Washington DC metro area with a “Grr-ripper and a good splitter (MJ) for guiding the slats through the saw”—as recommended above who might help me with cutting the 16 slats?

If so please emasil me at kopffgary@gmail.com.

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GJK

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#12 posted 08-19-2014 10:21 PM

Hi LJs! Me again. Added a hand planer today to work the two small boards (5” x 40” x 1” European Beech) that I divided from the larger one with the Japanese saw. Actually, I already did one of them with a block plane—Neanderthal style. Now I’m going to experiment with a power-enhanced approach. Then, I need to turn to the 3rd board which has yet to be split in half (5” x 40” x 2” European Beech), thus generating noards #3 and #4 that need smooth planing to 5” x 40” x 1”.

I’ll manage all this, but I’d sure like to run them through a good planer of a LJ in the DC, MD or VA area who might square the ends for me to ensure all four boards are uniformly 40” long before cutting into 16 slats each 1 1/4” (less kerf) x 40” x 1”.

ANY LUMBERJOCKS in my geographic area willing to help a tenderfoot?

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