Looking for some advice on rail strips, I ripped some test strips today using the 9/16" method because I cannot find anything free of knots other than some 3/4" cedar from Lowes hardware, the plans call for the 4- 1 1/8" or 8- 9/16" strips , my problem is that using the smaller strips don't seem to be enough to get me around the rib. See the attachment. Thanks for any help guys !!
Similar possible future problem with my 9-2. The book says make the rail strips 3/4" but the plans scale 7/8" (my plans are scaled correctly). I have not final cut anything yet but it appeared, after cutting some test pieces, that the 3/4 doesn't work quite right. Any feedback on this?
Post by sandlapper on Jan 10, 2012 20:20:12 GMT -5
I used 3/4" strips on my 9'2" plans and it worked fine. although I didn't measure the thickness, I just used standard cut planks from Lowes. My angle got thrown off a little because of my cheap table saw but I managed to corect it.
Sandlapper, I am having the same issue cutting 3/4 squares on my tabel saw. Some are a little bigger then others. I'm on my 3rd rail, after stacking them it looks like i'll end up a little short. I was planing on ripping down some 1x cedar once I get to the top rail.
Set a piece of 1x next to the blade .... slide fence snug to 1x and set fence. remove 1x and youshould have square..... to get a tri... I set angle at 45 and mark a 45 on end of short piece of 1x...slide fence holding 1x to fence on back side of blade... looking from cutting side , when the top side of angled blade is on the marked 45 degree line on the short 1x, ste fence and feed from front side ....
I don't try to be precise, except on the angle ... but then the chine strip needs to be square.... I use a small Stanley thumb plane to finese... ; )