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Procedure for ripping 4x8 sheet goods on a smaller European slider table saw?

I'm currently shopping for a table saw and am trying to decide between an American-style cabinet saw with a sliding miter table attachment (think like a Sawstop), and a European-style sliding table ...
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When should you use the rip fence instead of the sliding panel on a table saw?

Consider a minimalistic sliding panel saw in the picture. It seems to me that anything you can do with a rip fence you can do better and safer using the sliding panel. Crosscuts: you wouldn't use the ...
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Efficiently rip a large number of 45-degree fillet battens

I need to cut 450 pieces of fillet battens from 50x50 (2"x2") square rough-sawn stock. The local millwork wasn't able to provide them as they have in the past, so I need to cut them myself. ...
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Wide or narrow side between blade and fence in rip cut on table saw

I've heard lots of rip cut guides say that you should have your workpiece between the blade and the fence and the offcut on the free side of the blade. The thing that bothers me about this advice is ...
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Can a riving knife be slightly bent on purpose?

My riving knife is bent 2.5 mm from the plane of its base. That is, if I put it on a flat surface and pinch it at one end, the other end is flying 2.5 mm in the air instead of laying flat. The ...
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Proper type of saw to reliably and easily cut wood lengthwise

I'm looking for the type of saw that will most easily, reliably and precisely cut a piece of wood lengthwise without the need for a lot of preparation or cleverness. I also want it to be a reasonable ...
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Can a large bandsaw side table be useful for rip cuts?

I want to make furniture. Therefore, whether I'm cutting a roughly cut piece of plywood or cutting a "solid wood" piece made from a gluing up smaller boards, I will certainly need to make wood panels ...
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Why a 5hp 14" table saw?

Is a DIYer who works on smaller projects, such as cabinets, desks, lamps, etc., would I have any benefit from owning a 5hp 14" Powermatic saw? More specifically, it is pretty clear that a saw like ...
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Why don't we use cross cut discs for all cuts? [duplicate]

Most circular saws, at least low and mid ends, come with low/medium quality rip cut discs. They work decent when doing rip cuts but show their limits when doing cross cuts. A lot of tear out on some ...
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What are some good ways to cut 1/8" strips of hardwood?

Considering quality of cut and safety, I'm looking for suggestions on good tools/methods for cutting 1/8" knife blanks. The other dimensions would be 6-8" and 1.5-2.5". I make straight razor scales ...
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What is the cheapest way to create a right triangle out of a square dowel rod or similar?

I'm working on adding internal lighting to my pantry, and have discovered that the LED strips really only work when held at a 45 degree angle to the bottom of a shelf. I'd like to get a dowel rod and ...
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Ripping vs Resawing - is there a reason for the difference?

While I understand the technical difference between ripping a board in two vs resawing a board into thinner boards, is there a technical reason for the distinction? Granted, thinner pieces of wood ...
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Use a miter gauge or a rip fence for cutting square stock on a table saw?

I have the following understanding for table saws: A cross cut is against the grain, and should use a miter gauge (w/ the rip fence removed). A rip cut is with the grain, and should use a rip fence. ...
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How can I cut a partial groove in the center of a piece of wood without going through the ends?

Background I got a new table saw and I'm about to start on a couple of project that require me to make grooves. I found a good tutorial to cut grooves for drawers and cabinets. Problem Now I want to ...
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Can it be predicted when a board will bind?

I was recently ripping about an inch off of a 6/4 thick, 5" wide board, and had the kerf close up on the riving knife. Thankfully the knife saved me from kickback, but I'd still like to avoid this ...
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Direction of grain when making stiles and rails for a door

Some years ago I saw an article about how to rip wood and put the pieces together again so the twisting was reduced (part A twisted opposite part B so the result still was straight). I have since ...
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What is the difference between a rip-cut and a cross-cut?

In this answer talks about rip and crosscuts and that one saw is better for ripping than one that is more suited for crosscutting. What is the difference between the 2 cuts and why would a saw-blade ...
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