I need to rip a 2x4 to 1 1/2 x 3 1/2. However, my Table saw cannot
make 3 1/2 inch cut.
Can I rip one side to 2" and flip the board end over end and rip the
other side, Safely?
I have become quite attached to these ugly ole fingers of mine.
Think it might be better when you make the second cut from the other
side, don't cut all the way through. Leave a bit (maybe <1/8th inch) to
keep everything together, then finish it off with a hand saw. Don't
use a featherboard for the second cut, either! Tom
Never mind about the featherboard warning, I was worrying about closing
the already cut side before the blade. As long as the featherboard is
far enough before the blade (and pressing _below_ the previous cut),
you'll be fine. Pushstick, definitely! Tom
No problem. Do not however use your hand to push the wood thru. even
though the blade will not be penetrating through the top of the wood on the
first pass do not hold it down with your hand as you pass it over the blade.
I have read horror stories on this NG (OK, one horror story) where someone
was making a dado and using there hand to push the wood over the blade and
the wood kicked back and the guys hand went into the spinning dado blade.
Use a push block and it can be done safely.
I appreciate all the responses. FWIW - I did build a push block out of
I was cutting some rough red cedar to size. I got it done. They don't
look perfect but I will tone them up on my jointer. The best thing is
that I can still count to 10 with my boots on.
A planer will work as well, but since you didn't ask about that I would
guess that you don't have one. When I do this one, I rip just over 1/2
of the thickness. Do use a push stick. The cut side will need some
fixing up, as the cuts never seem to line up just right, especially if
the board you are ripping hasn't been jointed and planed.
well, it sounds a bit scarey, but can be done.... just be CAREFUL...
use of push stick, feather board(s), kevlar vest, etc. recommended..
before making each cut, remind yourself of a redneck's last words:
"Hey, y'all... watch this!"
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