cutting thin edge of plank

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I am hoping someone can advise me of the most accurate way of cutting a strip of wood from a plank six feet long. I need to save the wood strip for something else and the strip needs to be pretty much spot on. I suppose a six feet straight edge (which I do not have) would be the answer and then run a circular saw along it... A six feet battern probably would not be accurate enough. Any suggestions please. Thanks very much
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Before you cut can you take the time to find a bandsaw with a fence? Your result will have less waste and less likelyhood of snapping off than trying to cut such a narrow strip with a circular saw. Many of us have cut 1/4 strips with a circular saw but have used metal or wood straight edges so it sounds as if you don't have a lot of devices at your disposal. Is this batten from a sail? That might flex too much. Hope you can find the bandsaw - that would be your best choice of tool to use. Second to that would be a table saw which I think would be more prevalent than the bandsaws.
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marc rosen wrote:

Thanks for the advice. So other than a bandsaw a table saw would be a good bet. I know someone who has one........
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Thanks all for the help............................................
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I am hoping someone can advise me of the most accurate way of cutting a strip of wood from a plank six feet long.
A table saw with a good fence and a knowledgeable operator is probably the most "accurate" way, and probably the easiest/quickest as well ... although, depending upon the wood, you could also do it with a quality circle saw, an appropriate blade, and a good edge guide.
find someone who qualifies with the above ... a local cabinet shop, perhaps.
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If I had this problem, I would cut a piece using the table saw and then pass it through the planer, keeping the strip well supported as it transits the planer. Dave
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