Which circular saw blade for crosscutting hardwood (heavy cut)?

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Forum topic by SG6578 posted 03-12-2015 03:02 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2015 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw blades circular saw tooling carbide hss squaring cutting board

Due to the size of a table top I’m working on I can’t square the ends on my table saw so I need to do it with a circular saw.

What is the blade of choice for crosscutting 1 1/2” thick walnut and ash? Carbide, hss, or regular water hardened steel?

The blades I have for my circular saw currently are somewhat dull 7 1/4” diameter ripping blades that I don’t think will leave me with a clean cut. I have looked into the blade guides on different sites but I have not found any info on a blade dedicated to crosscutting hardwood cleanly.

Thank you for any help and your time in advance.


This is the table top I’m working on:

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 03:43 PM

You could always rough cut it and then run a router with a straight edge, and straight bit, which would make it smooth as glass. Just make sure you have a sacrificial piece on the end. Hope this helps

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#2 posted 03-12-2015 03:50 PM

+1 on Kaleb’s method. The method of cutting you propose is excellent for rough work and can get you within tolerance for the routing step. Get a nice long bit, a straightedge and go for it!

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#3 posted 03-12-2015 05:06 PM

Thanks for the help. Will pick up a long router bit tonight and try that out.

Will keep you posted with the progress

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#4 posted 03-12-2015 05:12 PM

How about using a compression bit?

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#5 posted 03-12-2015 05:49 PM

I agree. Compression bit is by far the better choice, in my opinion.

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#6 posted 03-12-2015 07:05 PM

The Diablo D0760X blades are pretty good.

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#7 posted 03-12-2015 07:10 PM

Freud sells a Diablo finishing blade, available at Home Depot, for $14.
It does a remarkable job of trimming tabletops. I find that with this blade, there is no need for any further trimming with a router.
Good luck.

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#8 posted 03-14-2015 11:54 AM

I second the Diablo blade. Routinely use one with my circ saw/guide system for plywood with minimal to no tearout.

I know you’re getting the router bit, you and alternative would be a low angle plane to touch up the edges.

Assuming you’ll put a slight chamfer or roundover on the edges, any minimal tearout is not problem.

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#9 posted 03-15-2015 02:22 PM

Freud sells a Diablo finishing blade, available at Home Depot, for $14.
It does a remarkable job of trimming tabletops. I find that with this blade, there is no need for any further trimming with a router.
Good luck.

- pintodeluxe


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#10 posted 03-16-2015 02:40 AM

I’m new to woodworking so maybe it’s not obvious to me but why can’t you use your table saw to square the ends?

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 02:50 AM

The table top is bigger than his table saws rip capacity. Also to square the ends to the sides he would need to be able to fit the table top on a sled. That would be a big sled.

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#12 posted 03-16-2015 03:35 AM

Buy one of those newfangled European sliding tabs saws and then return it after you cut the ends?

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