I need to cut some 2X4s down to about 3 inches wide for a skirt on a
benchtop. I don't really want to run them through the tablesaw, as
(right now) I don't have anything to support them on the outfeed side.
I do have a planer, so I thought about standing them up on their ends
(i.e., the 2" side down on the bottom, and the 4" side being
vertical), and reducing their width that way. Anyone ever tried this,
or am I just asking for trouble?
No, it works fine. Knots in the edge may be a problem, so keep the depth of
You might want to joint one edge first, before you plane the other edge.
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Joint one edge, then gang them with clamps and joint the other edges at one
time (unless there are too many--then gang them in smaller groups). Make small
cuts, as you say.
No problems at all this way unless you leave the clamps up where the knives
will hit. Then it gets noisy.
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A tablesaw is a very efficient tool for narrowing long stock. I now have a
55" long outfeed table derived from a damaged foldup conference table.
Until then I used the pull technique you described but with the Grip-tite
2000 fence system. I lack the nerve to do it without the grip-tites.
Don't forget regular 2x4s in reality are 1 1/2 x 3 1/2. As others on the
thread have already said, yes you can plane it down but first you need to be
connected to a good DC or you'll get a face full of shavings; 2) keep a very
careful watch so you don't taper the stock.
My own preference would be one roller on the outfeed side and a TS. There
are people who are comfortable enough to walk around the saw and pull, but
in that case I would have some form of feather board in front of the blade
and another downwards from the fence; in general I don't consider it good
practice if for no other reason you can't instantly get to the OFF switch.
Seems to me that planing something that long will still require an outfeed
table and it will take quite a few passes to take off 1/2".
Why not just recruit your wife, or mother, or son, or the paperboy to be
your outfeed? All you have to do is support the piece with one hand for the
last couple of feet as it leaves the blade. The whole job will be over in
less than 10 minutes.
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