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Forum topic by GJK posted 08-10-2014 03:48 AM 899 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2014 03:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question joiner table saw beech

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.

-- Gary, Washington, DC

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 04:03 AM

Don’t forget the kerf of the cut in your calculations. If you want 1.25 wide, each cut will really take (1.25+kerf) from the board, so 5” exactly isn’t enough for four of them.

I just used my table saw to cut 40” thin strips for my cutting board and it worked well. I would recommend the same after dimensioning (need a flat face and jointed edge for the TS).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 04:18 AM

Be careful with finishing this. A slippery surface and wet feet is an accident waiting to happen.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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