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Any woodworkers out there?

Postby tom4018 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:31 pm

I am working on a couple projects to finish up some trim work. I need to be able to trim some strips of wood down. Basically one spot I need some strips cut down to a 1/2 x 1/2. And another spot I need some 1/2 x2 strips.

What would the cheapest tool I can accomplish this with? Do I need a planer? Table saw?

Been watching for something used but not having any luck.
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Postby CottageFarm » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:58 pm

A friend with a table saw is the cheapest tool.
kinda depends on what you're starting with for stock, what kind of wood, and how fine a finish.
You might be able to do it with a router and a straight bit. Maybe a 4 in circular saw and clamps/straight edges. both would require a higher than beginner skill and experience level.
A surface planer is a great tool to have and, again, depending on your beginning stock size, may be a viable option, but I wouldn't recommend buying used unless you're very familiar with them.
If you want a workout, and have a good vise and workbench, you could achieve it with a jointer (hand) plane #5 to #8, depending on your wood length :D
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Postby Jogeephus » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:58 pm

I'd think a table saw with as many teeth on the blade that will fit your saw. Something like a 40 tooth ATB blade should give you a pretty clean cut which will require minimal sanding.
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Postby greybeard » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:17 pm

You didn't say what kind of wood....hardwood or pine/spruce/fir etc or how long the strips need be..
I cut pine strips of that width often on my old table saw and a thin kerf general purpose (deep gullet) 24T blade. It's going to be a rip cut anyway so I wouldn't see any need using a 40T blade which is usually used for crosscuts.

I have a radial arm saw, and guess what you are describing could be cut on one if the drive motor is rotated around parallel to the fence but I rarely do that with mine.

There's so many things you can do with a table saw, and they've gotten very reasonable in cost nowadays I can't imagine not having one. DO, if you buy one, try to get as good a one as you can afford. There's some really cheap junk out there right now.
(mine is a very old craftsman)

You can do it with a skill saw as CF said, but the setup time will be more, and effort in clamping a fence down and making sure your fence doesn't bow out as you cut will have to be just right.
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Postby tom4018 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:57 pm

Seems like a table saw may be the way to go. One neighbor had one but sold it years ago. So no one I know around me has one. Trying to think of a way to do this without spending a fortune. Most of the cuts will be in pine but there are a few oak pieces.
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Postby ddd75 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:06 pm

you can get a table saw for like 80 bucks... new..
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Postby Carpenter2n » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:20 pm

Its fairly simple (and cheap) to make a table saw with a circular saw.
MDF table and circular saw gets attached to the bottom side. Search youtube for homemade table saw.
The fence is more important than the saw. You can pick up a 24" straight edge clamp at HF for under $20
'and clamp it to the table for a fence. Not perfect, but works in a pinch.
Get the finest tooth blade you can, like one that says to cutting plywood. Cut the oak 1st, it needs the sharpest teeth possible without burning. The pine will leave pitch on the blade that hinders a good cut.
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Postby greybeard » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:35 pm

tom4018 wrote:Seems like a table saw may be the way to go. One neighbor had one but sold it years ago. So no one I know around me has one. Trying to think of a way to do this without spending a fortune. Most of the cuts will be in pine but there are a few oak pieces.

As Carpenter2n said...
I've never done it, but have heard of people mounting a skill saw upside down and using it as a tablesaw..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhORUN6oCUc
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Postby tater74 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:13 pm

Ask at the manager at your local lumber yard if they know of someone that would cut those for you.
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Postby JMJ Farms » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:11 pm

Unless it just has to be made to match... you should be able to buy mull strip for the 1/2x1/2 and lattice strip for the 1/2x2. Local builders supply here stocks both. But there may be some reason that you want to make it I’m not aware of. Table saw would be my choice but be careful. 1/2x1/2 is getting close to the blade for sure.
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Postby greybeard » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:56 am

but be careful. 1/2x1/2 is getting close to the blade for sure.

That's what push sticks and featherboards are for.
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Postby M-5 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:07 am

check craigs list , you can pick up a portable table saw for a good price .
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Postby tom4018 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:51 am

M-5 wrote:check craigs list , you can pick up a portable table saw for a good price .

Been watching and not found one within a hundred miles and then they want almost new price. Still watching, never had any luck at pawn shops on price but may check.
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Postby greybeard » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:03 pm

I have bought only a very few items from pawn shops over the years and have yet to get a good deal on anything. 2 of them come to mind. A Craftsman scroll saw with 16" throat that turned out the motor would bog down under any kind of cutting load (wouldn't cut 1/2" pine) and a benchtop drill press that turned out to have so much play in the spindle bearing/bushing once the spindle was brought down from it's stop it was almost useless for drilling anything close to a gauge hole. Didn't give much for them, but got my $'s worth I guess.
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Postby tom4018 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:39 pm

greybeard wrote:I have bought only a very few items from pawn shops over the years and have yet to get a good deal on anything. A Craftsman scroll saw with 16" throat that turned out the motor would bog down under any kind of cutting load (wouldn't cut 1/2" pine) and a benchtop drill press that turned out to have so much play in the spindle bearing/bushing once the spindle was brought down from it's stop it was almost useless for drilling anything close to a gauge hole come to mind. Didn't give much for them, but got my $'s worth I guess.

Saw one sitting out in front of a pawn shop earlier. 10” Craftsman with stand, looks a little rough. $180, I didn’t try to bargain any on price as sears has one for $200. For me to buy something like this used it needs to be half price.
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