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    • September 9, 2017 11:19 PM EDT
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      Cutting lumber to scale sizes

      I was looking at a pile of off cuts from various projects, some maple, some pine and some unknown  all at least 3/4" thick. As I was studying it in preperation of cutting some somewhat scale 2x4 and 4x4 size pieces.

      Example: I am wondering if I take a 3/4" x5" piece of wood, do I cut the veneer like 1/8" pieces off the 5" tall side  first or do you take the 3/4" side through the table cutting the 1/8" pieces first or cutting the 1/4" pieces?

      Or does it really matter much or at all? maybe I am overthinking something and I should just go make some sawdust. JUst trying to get the most efficent use from all this scrap wood pieces. After I am done I will buy a center beam car and fill it with my own lumber. Or build something. not sure what but I need to do something with this pile of wood taking up space in my garage. Thanks for any and all ideas.

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    • September 9, 2017 11:36 PM EDT
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      Cut lengthwise with the grain to make scale lumber, go make sawdust. I buy scale lumber for the wife's projects, as I don't have the patience to cut long straight scale pieces.

      This post was edited by Mike Wlez at September 9, 2017 11:52 PM EDT
    • September 9, 2017 11:45 PM EDT
      • Ha'penny fer ya thoughts, Lynn Haven, FL
         
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      Try here Pete http://www.gscalejunkie.com/Articles/MillingScaleLumberRev-01.pdf

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    • September 9, 2017 11:52 PM EDT
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      I usually rip to the larger dimension first, then to the smaller dimension. Even with my hobby saw, a large percentage of the wood ends up as dust.

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    • September 11, 2017 2:30 PM EDT
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      Thanks Bob, I think you had shown that to me once before and that was what I was looking for.

      David thanks for your help too, that is the thoughts I had but was wondering if I was right.

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    • September 11, 2017 4:03 PM EDT
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      Pete, I will let you in on a secret. I use drill bits to set the spacing between the fence and the blade when I rip my scale lumber. Since my set of drill bits are in 1/32nd increments, I actually rip 1:32nd scale lumber, to build 1:24th scale building out of. It seams to work fine for me.

       

      Also, since the curf of my saw blade is about 1/16th of an inch. When I rip small scale lumber, about half of my wood ends up as dust.

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    • September 12, 2017 12:41 PM EDT
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      A must have to do small lumber...

        Zero clearance insert ! 

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    • September 12, 2017 6:06 PM EDT
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      Oh yes, I forgot about that. I make mine out of plexiglass.

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    • September 12, 2017 7:14 PM EDT
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      Damn Maynard....I can't afford 1/2 inch plexiglass. When did you win the lottery?

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    • September 12, 2017 8:18 PM EDT
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      Huh? What?

       

      I replaced the metal plate that partially covers the blade opening with some regular 1/8th plexi, cut to fit the entire opening, and drilled and countersunk for the flathead screws that held the metal plate in. Then I turned on the saw and slowly raised the blade into the plexi to cut the slot into it.

       

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      This post was edited by David Maynard at September 12, 2017 8:21 PM EDT
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    • September 12, 2017 8:32 PM EDT
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      David, cut lengthwise first. It makes a lot easier when coming back to cut to scale. When I cut lap siding, I cut the 1/4" width the length of the board, then come back on my band saw and tilt it to make the siding. 

    • September 12, 2017 9:11 PM EDT
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      My throat plate is 1/2 inch thick Dave. I use 1/2" MDF to make my throat plates out of. Inexpensive, stable, and disposable when they get worn out.

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    • September 12, 2017 9:18 PM EDT
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      I used my band saw.

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    • September 12, 2017 9:25 PM EDT
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      The zero plate is essential for safe cutting.

       

      When ripping I cut the 1x5 wood to 4' long to make it easier to work with. I then set the fence to 1/2 inch and rip away then pick up the 1/2x 3/4 pieces then turn each one to cut a 1/2x 1/2.  It also gives me a roughly 1/2x1/8 pieces.

      It is also handy to leave some pieces 1/2x 3/4 and be sure to cut some that  are 1/8x 3/4 which are perfect for planking buildings.

      I have used these sizes to build most everything.  

    • September 12, 2017 10:38 PM EDT
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      Ron Hill said:

      David, cut lengthwise first. It makes a lot easier when coming back to cut to scale. When I cut lap siding, I cut the 1/4" width the length of the board, then come back on my band saw and tilt it to make the siding. 

      Yea. I cut (rip) the boards to size lengthwise, larger dimension first, smaller dimension second. Usually with 12 inch long boards. I even made some 1/64th square lumber for an HO project of mine. Most of that blank ended up in my dust collector. So ya lost me with the reason why you said what you said.

      This post was edited by David Maynard at September 12, 2017 10:42 PM EDT
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