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table saw ripping jig

table saw ripping jig

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table saw ripping jig

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© 2009 August Home Publishing Co.
Cutting thin strips can be a real challenge. These tips and techniqueswill guarantee safe, accurate results every time.
t seems like many o the proj-ects I build call or thin stripso wood. Sometimes it’s sev-eral thin strips to glue up into a bent lamination or just a ew stripsto act as dividers in a small drawer. And even i all I need are a couplestrips to cover up some plywoodedges, cutting them on the tablesaw can be a challenge.No matter what your need, thegoal is to get the best results withaccuracy and saety in mind. Thenice thing is, all this takes is theright setup, a handy jig, and a ew simple tips and techniques.
start with the blade
One thing about ripping thin stripsthat’s oten overlooked is the saw blade. In most cases, a standardcombination blade will give you great results. I this is the blade you useor most o your work, I’d stick withit. But there are a couple o other blades you may want to consider.
specialty saw blades.
The saw bladesin the photos at the lower let addressa couple o thin strip issues. The ar let blade is specically designedor making rip cuts that result in suraces smooth enough toglue up. Well, one o the maingoals o ripping thin strips is toend up with a workpiece that’ssmooth and ree o blade marksand burning. And Freud’s GlueLine Rip blade gives you just that. This can be a real advan-tage when it comes to gluing up
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Saw Blade Options.
A specialized ripping blade(far left blade) makes for smoother strips and faster cutting. Using a thin-kerf combination bladewill result in more strips per workpiece.
strips into a bent lamination. I youhave to cut extra-thick strips andthen plane or sand them smooth, your bent lamination may not end uplooking like a single piece o wood. The glue line rip blade ensures that the only material you “lose” is thethickness o the saw ker.
thin Kerf.
The thin-ker blade shownon page 1 can also result in less waste. With a thickness o 
", youget one extra thin strip or every our  you cut (or 
"-thick strips). This cansave you a air amount o material i  you have a lot o thin strips to cut.
Regardless o the saw blade you decide to use, you’ll want to installa zero-clearance insert with a built-insplitter. The one I use is shown in thebox below. Besides preventing thethin strips rom alling between theinsert and blade, the added splitter keeps the strips rom pinching thesaw blade and kicking back.
setting up for the cut
 With your saw blade and new insert installed, you’re just about ready to start cutting strips. But toget the best results, it’s a good idea to make sure the saw is tuned up. And this is just a matter o checkinga couple key settings.
square the blade.
The rst thing totake a look at is the blade angle. You want to make sure the saw blade isset at a perect 90° angle to the table(photo above). The reason or this issimple. A slight tilt to the blade willresult in a strip that’s thinner alongone edge than the other. This cancause problems i you glue up a set o strips like this or a bent lamination.
rip fence.
The other setting you’ll want to check has to do with the ripence. I the ence isn’t parallel to thesaw blade, you’ll get blade marksand burned edges as well as anincreased risk o kickback. A simpledial indicator makes quick work o ensuring your rip ence is set right (photo above). With the saw set up, you’re ready to turn the page andstart ripping thin strips with ease.
Set the Blade to 90˚.
A drafting triangle makes it a snap to squarethe saw blade to the table.
Cut-off screw forms pin to lock insert in place Hardwood splitter prevents workpiece from binding Paint top for easy visibility 
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 A zero-clearance insert witha splitter is one o the bigkeys to successully rippingthin strips. The insert pre- vents a strip rom gettingtrapped between the bladeand the opening. And thesplitter keeps the strip rombinding on the blade. To make a new insert or  your table saw, you’ll needto start with a blank that matches the thickness o  your stock insert. (Note: I the material is thinner, youcan add screws to the bottomso you can adjust it perectly fush with the saw table.) Ater tracing the outlineo the original insert on theblank, cut away most o the waste (Figure 1). Then usea fush-trim bit in the router table to create an identicalinsert (Figure 1a).Ripping a slot in the new insert is just a matter o align-ing the ence with the edge o the original insert and mak-ing a stopped cut (Figure 2).Finally, cut a hardwoodsplitter to size, sand one endto a point, and glue it into theker with the point acing theblade (photo at right).
Dead-On Fence.
  A dial indicatormakes it easy tocheck the frontand rear of the rip fence and ensurethat it’s parallel tothe miter slot (andthe saw blade).

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