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Posted: 03/31/20 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, lets run this train right off the rails a little bit! Wahoo!

I was thinking a little bit, and it occurred to me - what if I was out in the middle of tim buck two, and I was attempting to do some remodeling, and the only thing I had was my Ryobi tools.

How would I handle trying to re-saw some thicker stock into thinner, without having a band saw?

Sooooooo, I came up with a solution, that will work, although, not as quickly as having a nice large band saw that would make the slice all in one cut.

Here's what I did.

First off, I took my black walnut lumber, and clamped it, upright, to one of the counters in the coach. (white arrow).

Then, I clamped a 2 x 3 to the walnut, laying it against the side. (red arrow).



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Posted: 03/31/20 09:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Next, I screwed a piece of wood to the bottom of the portable saw, shown in the pic with a red arrow.

I fastened that to match the distance of where I wanted the saw blade to to end up cutting the middle of the black walnut plank, shown by the green arrows, with the left arrow pointing to the area where the saw blade ended up.



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Posted: 03/31/20 09:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's a pic of the saw from the front, showing the base of the saw, with the block fastened to the left, and you can see the saw cut on the right side, inside the red circle.



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I ran the saw through a few times, gradually increasing the depth of cut, until I hit the limit of depth for this saw, which is about 1.5".

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Posted: 03/31/20 09:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Granted, on a board that is 9 1/2" wide, these cuts with my little Ryobi, will only cut about 3", which is 1.5" from each side, which then leaves about 6.5" in the center which is not cut.

Here you can see the cuts from each side from the circular saw.



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Posted: 03/31/20 09:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ENTER, the reciprocating saw, with a blade that is 12 inches long, and has only 3 teeth per inch and is used for hogging out wood.



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Now we have a guide on each end of the saw to help guide the blade and keep it going straight through the wood.

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Posted: 03/31/20 09:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sawing away with the reciprocating saw.



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Posted: 03/31/20 09:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After cutting some of this in 1/2, I stuck a hammer in the top, in between the halves, so I could take a picture and show the daylight in between the 2 pieces.

Soooo, it actually works. A chainsaw would also work, but chew up more wood in the center, while the blade with the reciprocating saw is about the same width as the circular blade in the little Ryobi.



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If I used a circular saw with a deeper cut, then the reciprocating saw would take less time, because it would be cutting less wood in the center.

If I used the table saw, I could cut a good 3" on each side, which would only leave a little over 3 inches in the center to cut, which would not take long.

So, we have proof of concept here. It is possible, although not at fast as running it through a single cut with a band saw.

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Hmmm, a carpentry repair job in the middle of tim buck two. So, that means you're carrying an uncut 2"x 12" around with you??? If that's the case, cut it before you leave.


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Posted: 04/01/20 09:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lt46 wrote:

Hmmm, a carpentry repair job in the middle of tim buck two. So, that means you're carrying an uncut 2"x 12" around with you??? If that's the case, cut it before you leave.




Well, maybe someone found a nice piece of driftwood by the sea while boondocking.

Number of different scenarios. Just a proof of concept, that's all.

Obviously, nothing like having the right tool for the job, but, sometimes, using what you have will work, also.

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I found a new graphic and color scheme for the side of the moho! What do ya think???



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