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Old 09-12-2010, 05:13 PM
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Guy, Gals & Pups,

Yesterday, I decided to rip two five inch wide pieces of Jatoba that ScottW gave me. The board that I was ripping off of was in the rough, 29 inches long and one and five sixteenths thick.

I had picked up a Disston Thumb Hole D8 rip saw off of eBay specifically for this. It is amazing how inexpensively you can buy either the Disstons or the Atkins saws from eBay. The Disstons are from Philadelphia, the Atkins from Indianapolis and then there are the Bishop saws from Cincinnati though I am not familiar with the Bishops.

The Disston Thumb Hole was developed specifically for two handed ripping. The thumb of your left hand fits in the thumb hole and your four fingers wrap over the top of the handle. I used this method to rip both pieces. It actually felt quite natural and was very easy to get into a rhythm. However, regardless of how comfortable ripping those two pieces was not easy. Jatoba is a really dense tough wood. So, naturally I timed myself on the second piece. It took me eleven minutes with two stops but I was pretty pleased with that. Each one of the two pieces weighs just short of seven pounds.

I really enjoyed ripping these boards and yes, I could have used my table saw or bandsaw but except for being really, really sore today I am very pleased.

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Old 09-12-2010, 06:48 PM
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I hurt just looking at that rip, Fred. Nice job! Looks like really hard work.
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I hurt just looking at that rip, Fred. Nice job! Looks like really hard work.
Padnut,

Thank you very much. What is worse is that I hurt just looking at it.

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... What is worse is that I hurt just looking at it.
Fred, I'm sure everyone here with a TS and a guide rail is looking at all that work and saying WHY?
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Fred, I'm sure everyone here with a TS and a guide rail is looking at all that work and saying WHY?
My thoughts exactly John.

However, for certain persons that do not have electricity, this is/was the only means well, thats if you didn't have access to a small hand held (or bench mounted) beaver, very efficient considering the waste is eaten, digested wood chips makes for a excellent wood putty.

(can someone make a animated graphic of Fred holding a Beaver like a chainsaw?) I would find that endlessly gratifying, and it would bring some point to this thread

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My thoughts exactly John.

However, for certain persons that do not have electricity, this is/was the only means well, thats if you didn't have access to a small hand held (or bench mounted) beaver, very efficient considering the waste is eaten, digested wood chips makes for a excellent wood putty.

(can someone make a animated graphic of Fred holding a Beaver like a chainsaw?) I would find that endlessly gratifying, and it would bring some point to this thread

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Mirko,

I am sublimating John when I use my hand tools. I pretend, just as you said, that I have no electricity and that I can only work by hand.

Or, because I enjoy it immensely. It need not make sense to anyone but me. However, I like the beaver idea.

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I am sublimating John when I use my hand tools. I pretend, just as you said, that I have no electricity and that I can only work by hand.
Fred, as usual, you are full of beaver wood putty.
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Fred, I notice that you have the Kreg router table. They are great except for no place for router bits, tools, etc. I built a cabinet for mine & it really makes things handy.
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Oooo! Check out all those dovetails and finger joints! Nice work, Ron!
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Poto, please point me to that post where we discussed posting pictures full size (not thumbnails). I may as well get a handle on that now. Thanks, Ron
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