On 13 Jan 2005 18:11:31 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
In almost all cases, you have to rip flooring for
only one wall of the room you are flooring. So
unless you have truly large rooms, the likeli-
hood is that you will have to rip a maximum of
30 feet of wood. Buying a table saw for 30' of
cuts sounds excessive. If I *were* to buy a tool
just for this that would be safest, it would be a
band saw anyway. But beyond that, one has the
option of finding someone with an existing saw.
Another, which takes a bit of work, but can be
done reasonably safely, is to mark the boards,
clamp each one on end, saw down to the mark
witha sharp manual saw say evey 2 feet or so,
then clamp the wood flat down and rip with
whatever saw you have and keep reclamping
the wood as you move along. I used a heavy
conventional circular saw for this, running the
flooring strips between two tables with a second
strip a few inches away to provide more surface
for the base of the saw. If I were to do this now,
I would buy a cheap & light 18 volt and use that
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