Equal Length Parts – 360w360 E.160

IMG_0229In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys discuss their favorite methods for cutting parts to the same size.

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3 thoughts on “Equal Length Parts – 360w360 E.160

  1. That was funny Chuck “By the time the last guy gets there his board is 3 1/2″ longer”
    And Glen, the idea of using the edge of a bevel cut for a stop is great.

    And what the hell is the new ending sound?

  2. I keep a piece of 3/4″ MDF to clamp as my “step off block” to the table saw fence. The MDF is reasonably slick so if I set it just far enough forward that the whole of the endgrain of my board to be cut isn’t engaging I don’t seem to have problems with the board catching and trying to twist. And because MDF is pretty dang accurate in thickness, it makes it easy to set the fence distance (spent the time to calibrate the fence graticule, of course).

    And I have a second small sled I made once for cutting up pieces to make wooden puzzles (think Soma cubes, but harder). Since there isn’t enough room to hold onto the cutoff and being small, it WILL vibrate and get wedged between the stop and the blade, I do a two-piece stop. Never liked the hinged flip-stops you always see in tips-and-tricks articles. Too much side play in the hinge. Instead, I have the stop and a small spacer (again with the 3/4″ MDF because it has slick faces). Just remember to pull out the spacer before making the cut! My spacer block is taller than the fence so no problem grabbing it. An extra step but at least I’m not searching for where the little cube of wood flew away to.

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