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 Posted: 9 Jan 2022 11:31 am
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Joined: 6 Feb 2020
Location: Illinois USA
Posts: 44

I am a retired shop teacher and carpenter, so I'm comfortable around table saws.
I offer my technique here, for milling strip wood on a full-size (12" in my case) table saw,
to those who are comfortable with table saws.

I got the basics from a woodworking website I cannot recall, and made a few adjustments. 
Hope my description and photos give enough info. to understand how I made and use it.

I use a "finishing" blade for this, as it has a narrow kerf and a large tooth count.
I also use a push stick.

I glued a 1/2 by 3/4" wood spline to an old shelf that had a smooth laminate on it,
and slid it carefully into the blade, to make it into a zero-clearance auxiliary table,
on top of my saw's cast iron table top. 

It is held in place laterally by the spline,
and longitudinally by a clamp (not seen) at the off-board end. 

Note that the moveable fence ends just before the blade. 
This is to mitigate the binding and subsequent kick-back that can occur,
when very narrow pieces are ripped with a conventional setup.

Not seen is the long, thin wood splitter,
I insert into the kerf of the auxiliary table top to the left of the blade

Along the right edge of the shelf, I attached a fixed fence with glue and screws from the bottom. 
To this fixed fence, I then attached a moveable fence, it is adjusted by 2 pairs of carriage bolts. 
One pair is shown below. 

The upper carriage bolt is threaded into the fixed part of the fence,
but not threaded into the moveable, left part. 
It serves to move it predictably 1/16" per turn, as it's a 16 TPI thread.

The wing nutted bolt is fixed into the left fence piece,
and has a clearance hole in the right, fixed piece.

After I adjust the two fences, I fix the distance between them with the wingnuts.

I typically start with 3/4" or less stock,
if larger than that, I will rip it down conventionally w/o the auxiliary fence. 

I also stand to the side, as I do occasionally get small pieces kicking back,
but since they are not in a bind situation, they are less exciting.

Here's some old redwood fence I milled for a trestle. 
I have ripped down to 1/8" by 1/16"

Last edited on 10 Jan 2022 10:11 pm by Almostretired

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