Greeting from a novice!
I was recently ripping some 8/4 hard maple for table legs and I noticed that
the feed pressure was a lot more than I anticipated. I had some burning and
stunk up the shop pretty good (enough for the wife to complain ;-) ) I am
using a brand spankin new Forrest blade 40T with an 1/8" kerf.........should
I be using a 24T for this kind of ripping? I also noticed that two of the
four legs I cut had a slight bow in them.....the block I cut them from was
jointed, planed, and perfectly square......any ideas??
Seems possible to me that, from the "had a slight bow in them" reference,
that the stock had some internal tension and these were released as you
ripped. I've had more than one piece of badly dried wood grab the blade
pretty badly and put up a smokescreen. As always, a real ripping blade will
probably outperform a combo blade when the going get tough but when the wood
is grabbing the blade even that might not help.
Welcome to the world of case-hardening. The burning was likely the pinching
of the wood into the blade. R Bruce Hoadley _Understanding Wood_ is an
excellent preparation for woodworking.
Fewer teeth generally means deeper gullets and better chip clearance.
The wood is most likely the problem providing your saw is also properly
tuned and you are feeding parallel to the blade.
Maple is prone to burn if everything is not perfect.
I "resaw" 5/4 Ipe, 3" wide and seldom get burning using the same 40 Tooth
1/8" kerf blade.
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