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Offline SRSemenza

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Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« on: July 16, 2019, 04:20 PM »
Here is a technique to resaw boards using a track saw.  Obviously a bandsaw is a better choice but if you don't have one or in a pinch this works pretty well.

Attach the board to the side of the MFT or workbench. In this case I used screws driven into the bench edge. If you don't want to drive screws into the bench then use clamps at the ends of the board in whatever fashion works for your set up situation.

Make sure the screws and clamps are only at the ends. You do not cut all the way to the ends. Be sure to avoid cutting into the screws or clamps. Leaving the ends uncut also provides support to clamp and keeps the split board together in one piece until you are done resawing.

You can cut up to double the saws depth of cut by flipping the board and cutting from both edges. You can also leave an inch or so down the center of the board and finish with a handsaw or jigsaw. Leaving some in the center adds support and can also be used to increase the width of board that can be resawn.

If the saw struggles in the cut just do several passes at increasing depths. You may find that adding shims to kep the kerf open is helpful. Especially when doing a second cut from the other edge.

After the resaw cuts are done cut the ends of the board off to free the two split pieces.

                    




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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019, 04:33 PM »
Good tip.

I didn't see it mentioned but it may have been in the description.

Be sure to keep the same face of the board toward the table, so
when you 'flip' it it's end over end not rotated 90° as you look
down the board.
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Online GoingMyWay

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2019, 07:14 PM »
Thanks for taking those pics Seth!

I got excited and tested it out for myself with my MFT/3 and TS55.

















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Offline Cheese

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2019, 09:02 AM »
That's pretty slick...thanks for that Seth.  [smile]   Nice to know that it's a possible alternative in a pinch.

However, I couldn't live without a bandsaw...that was my second major tool purchase right after a floor standing drill press.


Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2019, 09:10 AM »
@SRSemenza , thanks for this.

Ideas like this help show the versatility of the MFT profiles when all too often the holes in the top take center stage.

Peter

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2019, 10:39 AM »
My MFT’s are the older style and they cause a problem when clamping stock to the apron rails. The rails lean in a little so the stock needs to be shimmed to be perpendicular to the work top.

I think the MFT-3 is fine as is?
« Last Edit: July 17, 2019, 12:23 PM by Michael Kellough »

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2019, 10:49 AM »
It seemed to be perpendicular with my MFT/3.  I didn't check with a square though.
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Offline Roachmill

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Re: Using a track saw to resaw boards.
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2019, 10:50 AM »
Never thought of resawing like that so have another thanks for the tip :D

I've used a similar method to this for cutting the grooves for splines in picture frame corners. Never did I realise I was so close to this way of resawing [blink]