Perfect Rip Cut Ideas For Woodwork Projects
Whether using a circular saw or a table saw, making perfectly accurate rips cuts is easy. We have put together workable tips that will ensure safety, consistency and aesthetic value to your projects.
Preventing boards from moving
When you are using a circular saw, prevent the board you are cutting from moving by using 8d nails to secure it into the saw horses. To remove when done, turn the sawhorse and hammer the nail out gently.
Making straight edges with a table saw.
When working with wood, you might encounter a board with crooked edges that need straightening out. Avoid running the crooked edge along the table saw’s fence as this will still give you a crooked edge. Instead, screw the crooked board on top of a smooth edged board making sure to let them overlap so as to allow the crooked edge to be cut off have contact with the blade of the saw. The straight board should be in contact with the fence to guide the crooked board along the fence in a straight line.
Get straight accurate rips with a circular saw
You might not have a table saw but this doesn’t mean you cannot get a straight cut using a circular saw. You can use the edge of a factory plywood or buy one from the hardware. Clamp the board you want to cut on top of the straight edge or plywood sheet. Make sure you measure the distance of the blade from the edge of the saw base. If this distance is 1”, clamp the straight edge 1” from your cutting line, all along the cutting line. This way the saw base runs along the straight edge and the saw cuts along the line you have drawn out.
The parallel fence
To have perfect edges on the boards you are working on and avoid burn marks from a table blade, make sure that the fence is well aligned to the saw. Raise the blade and measure the distance to the saw from the fence on both edges of the saw, that is in front and at the back of the saw. Adjust the fence appropriately to make sure the distances are equal.
Top quality table saws only need to be checked during the first use because they can be fastened permanently on the table. If this is not possible with your saw, be sure to check and adjust time and again.
Don’t leave long boards hanging.
When working rip cuts on long boards, do not let them hang over the table. You can use a swiveling support that will ensure the board securely moves as you move it along the table while cutting.