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Smooth and Clean Rip Cuts Woodworking Technique
is such a common task in the shop that most of us
assume there's not much to know about cutting the width
of a board. But if you've ever ended up with a burned
edge or had a workpiece suddenly kick back, you know
that clean and safe ripping isn't something you can
always take for granted.
In our Smooth and Clean Rip Cuts article,
we'll share some of our favorite shop tips for making
accurate and safe rip cuts every time. You'll learn
how to check the blade and rip fence for square alignment,
how to work with cupped or warped stock, and how to
cut those troublesome thin strips. Plus, we'll show
you the four ripping accessories that no woodworker
should be without.
Adjusting the blade and fence
Setting the blade height
Ripping large sheets
Working with warped stock
Ripping thin strips
Ripping an edge for gluing
ArticleStraight, Flat, & Square
A few simple steps before cutting your wood to size
can make your project less vulnerable to shrinking,
expanding, and the resulting joinery problems that come
with age. Take your lumber from rough to ready with
these valuable tips from our shop!
our shop secrets!