Your best bet would be the first on your block to buy a table saw.
You can get a very cheap Harbor Freight type unit for about $100.
Make all your cuts, then decide whether you want to get your money
back on Craig's list or keep it for some other project. I have
many years of circular saw experience, but would not like to make
that many cuts with one on the type of material you propose. The
slats will not be uniform as I doubt that the voids are uniform
top to bottom and one to another. A table saw with a pusher
stick - NOT YOUR FINGERS - will allow recuts, etc.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Why rip into such narrow strips. A table saw is made for this type of job. I
am very familiar with cedar, it contains lots of knots and unless the wood
is clear cedar, which I doubt, you will lose about one strip per board due
to the knots breaking apart. I doubt that all that work will get you enough
strips to do the job, but you will get a lot of short kindling.
Your saw should have come with a rip fence. You can also buy add-on
rip fences for circular saws. With a little practice you should be
able to rip up your pickets with a minimum of expense and time.
Alternatively, you can get a cheap benchtop table saw that will work
100 times better for about $99 at your local big box store. It will
fit in your car's trunk easily so transporting is not a problem. Plus
it's an excuse to buy another tool.
You B&D saw is not designed to be continuously used. You need to do
about ten cuts & then leave it cool down for a half hour or so. The
main problem is safely holding your pieces of wood while cutting them.
It's difficult when sawing narrow pieces to keep the saw vertical
though this might not matter for what you want.
As far as I can tell, no one has contradicated anyone else.
For the most part, I'd say everyone pretty much agrees that:
1 - A table saw is the best tool for this job.
2 - Using a handheld circular saw is going to be troublesome at best,
dangerous at worst.
3 - Making a jig for the circular saw will help, but also might be
more trouble than it's worth.
Those aren't contradictions, they're options.
Sissy work. When I was a kid, we built picket fences cutting the picket with
a dull hand saw in the snow, on the side of a hill. We also smoked while
doing it, non filtered cigs too. Then we painted the fence by making a
brush from matchsticks and hair pulled from our eyebrows.
Speaking to an elder ancestor (family interview for the record):
Q: Why did you move to another state?
A: The men came home and said to load the truck!
Q: What kind of truck?
A: A flat bed.
Q: What did you eat, on the road, in 1921?
A: Anything we could catch.
Thanks for the memories... (this is true)...
Sure, that leaded white enamel paint sure glistened. If they did not fit
exactly, we used asbestos shims.
(I do have recollection of the white wood trim in my grandmother's house
being painted with leaded white for that reason, circa early 50's)
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Im new to this site but at 25 I have gained a vast experience from High
end trim work to mechanics. my tip would be with a hand held saw...... a
jig would work the best. Another idea is to rent a table saw from Home
Depot. If you stick to the Circular saw one idea is to mark each cut and
score it with a razor knife to prevent spliting and damage to the cuts.
Take your time, maybe even painters tape can help the frays. If you need
more advise ask me at email@example.com. And if you use a table saw,
still score with a razor knife. the pre cut line always prevents rough
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