I think speeding up the blade helped me make the cut a little quicker. I never felt like the saw was struggling at speed 6, and the 'feed rate' (the rate at which it seemed like I could move the saw through the cut) was pretty consistent.
I was using this blade
, so the cuts were never going to have a finished quality to them off the saw.
One thing I have noticed is that it seems like when I'm cutting solid stock or thicker materials, there is more dust being thrown ahead of the saw. It tends to be bigger chunks of dust, as opposed to really fine stuff. Maybe that's a function of the blade?
I still ran into a couple issues (inconsistent width, non-square faces) but I think those are probably more due to operator error and setup.
I was ripping this maple to make an edge grain cutting board. In a couple months, I plan to do an edge grain countertop in walnut, so I thought I'd work out the process in small scale first. Since I don't own an MFT, I have a jig that is 2100mm x 500 piece of plywood with a fence of three laminated strips of MDF. I'm attempting to do something similar to what @tjbnwi
has described. I still haven't quite worked out how to keep the material from moving on me.