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Forum topic by Greg In Maryland posted 01-13-2015 04:26 AM 760 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg In Maryland

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01-13-2015 04:26 AM

Hi ya all,

I have a large cherry plank (3 1/8 thick x 19 inches wide × 47 inches long) that I want to saw into 3 one inch (or as close as I can get to this) thick boards. Since my wife has failed to approve the purchase of a 20+ inch bandsaw, I’m thinking that I have a workout ahead of me and will need to cut it by hand.

My plan is to square up the board edges on the table saw and then use the table saw to cut two shallow kerfs all around. The intent of this is to have a kerfs for the hand saw to follow and perhaps give me a leg up on cutting this wood accurately. Does this approach make sense? What snags could I possibly run into?

Lastly, what type of saw would be best? Would a properly sharpened vintage rip saw out perform a el cheepo impulse hardened hand saw? If I used a vintage handsaw, what tooth configuration should I look for? 3, 4 or 5 TPI or something else? Could I get through both of these cuts without needing to sharpen a saw?



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#1 posted 01-13-2015 04:40 AM

Find someone with a portable bandsaw mill and have them saw it for you.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 04:41 AM

Greg, I would make sure that the kerf you make is at both ends of the workpiece. I would then cut a small knife kerf all the way around the stock for the saw to follow. Then, I would start at each corner of that saw line, and rotate all the way around all for corners. Also, a 4.5 or 5 tpi vintage handsaw, that has been sharpened, should be more than sufficient.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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John Hough

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 04:51 AM

What you’re proposing will work – I’ve done it but in mahogany, but not cherry. You’re absolutely right about the work out ahead. The little handsaws they sell at the big box stores aren’t meant for real grunt work and are too short to efficiently rip – especially a wide plank. In terms of teeth, A 3 tpi would work in soft woods but for cherry I’d shoot for a 4 1/2 to 6 tpi rip saw of sufficient length for you to get a full stroke (measure the length of your saw stroke). It might also be smart to explain to your wife the athletic nature of what you’re about to do. Make sure she has lots of Bengay and motrin on hand and, depending on your age, expect a bout of tendonitis. This is the exact task that sent me scurrying for electric apprentices back in the late 90s’. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

-- John in Southcentral PA

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#4 posted 01-13-2015 05:14 AM

Perfect excuse to make a Roubo framing saw

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