Informal poll on thicknessing

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  • #137248
    Joe Kaiser
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    I have a 1 inch piece of wood I want to thickness to 5/8. The total length of the board is 5 feet and it is 5 inches wide.

    Do you thickness *before* you cut it down into the final pieces or *after*? I typically do it before I do any final cutting, and I was wondering what other people do.

    Seattle, WA

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  • #137254
    Salko Safic
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    @salko

    You can do it both way obviously, it is a lot easier on the body if you cut it down to rough length but on the other hand if you thickness it first then you cut it you know it will all be the same thickness. Good luck

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    #137255
    Joe Kaiser
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    @jotato

    It would be easier if I had the right saw. I have an 8point 26″ disston. A nice 3-4 point would tear through it faster

    Seattle, WA

    #137260
    Jim Allen
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    @jim

    Hi Joe,
    I like to do the full length like Salko says. I have a couple of 5 pt’s and a couple of 6 pt’s that seem to do a good job okay. One of these days I might re tooth an old saw to 4 point to see if it is any faster. I have a band saw but rarely use it as it is put away in another building for lack of elbo room.

    Jim from the mythical State of Jefferson – Oregon side

    #137263
    Salko Safic
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    @salko

    I have a 4.5 ppi saw that’s hooked, hard to start but in all honesty does not rip any faster. Don’t waste your time on it.

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    #137265
    dborn
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    @dborn

    rough cut to length and then thickness. I don’t have the room in my shop to thickness a 5′ board.. I could make room, for longer boards, if I needed to, but shorter boards are easier to manage, for me anyway…

    #137266
    swesson
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    @swesson

    I’m with dborn it just seems a lot easier and less work, but of course is isn’t. I suppose so long as the end result is the same it’s a personal preference thing.

    #137271
    David Perrott
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    @dperrott

    Interesting Salko. I have an 8pt rip and was thinking about getting a 4 pt to speed things up. Maybe I’ll hold off. I have enough saws.

    #137275
    Salko Safic
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    @salko

    In your case David it would but not considerably, what you have is what you use on standard 1″ stock what I have is generally used on 2″ stock or more yes then you would see a big difference. I’ve thought about it once what could I do to speed up the ripping process on long stock and the kerfing plane came to mind. The kerfing plane could bring down the material and aid in cutting straight, in theory this would work but I don’t have one to put it to the test.

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    #137290
    Joe Kaiser
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    @jotato

    I used to rough cut them to length, thickness, and then do my final dimensioning, but I felt like I had more waist. I don’t know why.

    I can tell you this much, it took me about an hour to resaw that board I mentioned above (5 feet x 5 inches – cherry) I don’t know if it would have been faster had I cut it up, but I doubt it.

    At the end of the day, I don’t think it matters too much 🙂

    Seattle, WA

    #137315
    Derek Long
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    @delong1974

    Hey Joe,

    I think it depends if the piece is already close to its final dimensions. Then it doesn’t really matter if you take off 1/16″ or 1/8″ down to thickness.

    I do try to thickness before final dimensioning as much as I can, though. I found it was good to rough cut, thickness, square off the faces and edges, then cut the ends square to final length. Too easy to wind up with ends that aren’t square otherwise, then you’re squaring them off over your lines, inevitably.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #137316
    David Perrott
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    @dperrott

    Salko, I did forget to mention I had been ripping over 2 inch ash, oak and so forth. Its a lot of work. Sometimes I tease a friend and saw I’m going to get a 2 man saw! I would like to get one of those german made frame saws with a 4tpi blade but I can get handsaws so cheap. I would rather spend the difference on wood. I’m sure one will eventually turn up. I get lucky with says. I have a vintage 12inch back saw from a NYC Hardware store. I just found a hand saw from the same place. It’s a 13inch, 10tpi hand saw!

    #137317
    Salko Safic
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    @salko

    I’m actually going to have a 11ppi ripsaw made for thin stock.

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    #137341
    NikonD80
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    @nikond80

    I generally cut to rough length first. The timber I get is not usually flat and I feel this reduces the amount of waste wood. It also means that any of the rough board I don’t need is completely untouched and can be stored away until needed. I think it’s all about finding a way that works for you though.

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

    #137349
    Thomas Angle
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    @tomangle

    David you can make a frame saw out of some 2x4s. All you need is a blade. You could actually make the blade out of an old handsaw (the longer the better).

    Smithville, TN

    Proverbs 18:13
    13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

    #137352
    David Perrott
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    @dperrott

    I did make Pauls bow saw. I like those ECE frame saws. I think making a bow saw with a hand saw blade would be too much work. This whole journey has been interesting. Started with metal planes, but turned to wooden planes. I love them. Now been thinking about going to bow saws.

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