I've done this with the rip guide on my Porter Cable 7 1/4" saw with
satisfactory results... I even made extension jambs for a couple windows one
time when no table saw was available. Does your saw take a rip guide? It
might do the job for you just fine if you set it to the width of the scrap
and clamp the board down securely.
The suggestions on using either the rip guide that came with the saw, or
clamping on a straight edge should work very well. If your hand is
steady, and you have an accurate blade edge mark on the leading edge of the
sole plate, you could probably do a good job just following a line. Clamp
the board down well.
I cut 2x4 into 1 x 2 clamping it to a picnic table so that the blade could
drop between the boards of the table top. All nice and straight, just
following a line. Probably better than a cheap table saw.
How many of these are you going to rip?
Suggestion, if you purchased the wood recently only to then discover
your mistake, try to take the 1x4s back (hope you have the receipt) and
get the correct stuff.
ak email@example.com wrote:
Lots of great info in these posts. One more tip. Measure the distance from
your blade to the edge of the saw's base. Mine is 3 1/2" if I remember
correctly. If that measurement is fine for you and your trim requirements
you can just use that to follow the edige of the board.
Or - Just make friends with somone who has a tablesaw.
Or - just use 1x4 trim as is.
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