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#1 Rule for CUTTING THICK WOODS



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here we go hey you guys what's going on

my name is Mark from woodworker source

and this is a big ol chunk of twelve

quarter cherry what is twelve quarter

mean it's just the fraction that denotes

the thickness of this lumber you've

never heard that term before that just

means it's about three inches thick 12

quarters twelve quarters of an inch

twelve divided by four equals three you

are correct

good job wood like this is big it's

heavy it's a little harder to cut and

sawed and work with because of that so

let's get to some tips so it's really

common to get burns and

less-than-stellar cuts unless you're

using the right blade let me show you

what I mean by demonstrating by making a

couple of rip cuts using a 52 card is

baby right here so this type of blade is

usually just fine if you're cutting half

a inch for cord or even anything up to

like two inches thick it's just fine for

general purpose cutting ripping cross

cutting all that but this type of blade

really reaches its limits when you

introduce twelve quarter lumber

three-inch thick lumber SM is just so

thick dense that kind of blade just has

met its match so let me show you what I

mean

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okay guys that was that that first cut

really hard to do it give me a lot of

resistance obviously gave me a bunch of

burn marks too that's just kind of the

way it goes when you use a blade with

that many teeth on a rep cut through

that thick of wood now let's swap in

that ripping blade you'll see a huge

difference so a dedicated ripping blade

has an aggressive for Drake it's got

deep cuts between the teeth plus it has

fewer teeth than you might be thinking

and this one that I'm using only has 24

for example and seriously this is the

type of blade you want to use if you're

gonna be ripping hardwoods and you want

to get nice crisp clean cuts

okay guys did you notice that the cut

one really fluid it was really nice plus

there's no burn marks in this piece and

the blade was at full height so that's

just really a testament to the reason to

use dedicate ripping blade especially

and thick hardwoods like this okay so

one trick you might be thinking of doing

is maybe taking that cut in a couple of

passes and what I mean by that is you

start with the blade just an inch or so

above the table you make the cut you

raise the blade a little bit more you

make the cut again and then you raise

the blade the final amount and make that

final cut what that does is it puts a

lot less stress on your tools on that

blade and as you push you just you don't

feel like you're fighting that board

nearly as much you might reduce the

amount of burns and stuff you're gonna

get and pretty that's what I thought too

I gave it a shot I didn't have any

better result it's still burned just as

much the cut went a lot easier that's

for sure but I did have to make three

passes so I didn't save any time and

only saved a little bit of pressure I

had to put on the board didn't get any

better cuts so I think the better way to

go about this is just use a ripping

blade okay guys thanks for watching we

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