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    Lack of bandsaw, is there anyway around this problem?

    I need to cut 12 rear legs for chairs.
    I havent measured the exact degree of slant that the legs will slant backwards above the seat area, but Im limited because of no bandsaw.
    I have wood that measures 2.75 inch (almost 12/4)thick by 6 inches wide, lengths vary from 4-8 feet.
    If I had a bandsaw, I could slice the wood to 1.75 inches thick. I dont.
    I can plane, but then I have to sacrifice 1 inch of wood. Mahogany is expensive.
    I can slice it on my tablesaw, but that limits me to cutting it 3 and 3/8 wide, which means it will cut down on the angle of the back.
    Do I have any options? I thought about cutting wood half through, like dado cut, then flipping over on table saw, and plane even if I need.
    Too dangerous?

    with the angle on the upper back of leg, Id prefer around 3.75-4 inches on the face of lumber, so I can cut it out. If I limit the face width of lumber, I limit the slant.
    Does this make sense?

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    You can absolutely resaw with your table saw. I would suggest not going all the way through with the 2nd cut, though. Go about 1/16" or so shy and then "snap" it free and smooth the surfaces. This way you're not dealing with a narrow or top-heavy offcut that could easily land on the top of the blade before your splitter/riving knife can stop it.
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    when i first worked up the plans for my chairs, they originally had leaning backs. i figured i could do the outside angles with no problem, but it was the inside angle that gave me sufficient trouble that i went with straight legs. for me, if i were to do it over again, i would have a template of the leg, cut the outside angle on the table saw, the inside on the band saw, or jigsaw in allen's case, then route the edges to the template.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    Do I have any options? I thought about cutting wood half through, like dado cut, then flipping over on table saw, and plane even if I need.
    I suggest you buy a Freud Thin Kerf saw blade. A bit on the expensive side, but they cut like a hot knife through butter and the cut is very clean. The ripping blade is around $40 and the crosscutting blade is about $60. But really worth the money.

    DKT

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    Freud blades are all I own now.
    I have one new Avanti ripping blade still in package, so maybe Ill give it some work.


    Speaking of Freud blades, when is amazon going to run the buy 3 get 15% off again?

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    use your table saw to cut about 1/4 way through on each side and then use a hand saw to cut the boards the rest of the way
    Als ik kan

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    Allen, I've done it, cutting from both sides. Just to it carefully and cautiously. I used featherboards (before the blade only...not after), splitters and pushing devices to make sure I stayed plenty far from the blade, and made doubly sure I was out of the line of fire in the event of a kickback. I had to problems with it. Just be on your toes.
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    I fell in love today with a 14 inch bandsaw, powermatic, maybe Ill wait till next week or so to cut up that thick stock.

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    hey allen yu need a second cousin,,yu fall in love with another tool so soon whats that part of the world coming too???
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