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I've been interested in woodworking for a very long time but only recently have I started actually doing something about it. Needless to say I'm making tons of mistakes but am enjoying it as I'm learning.
I've recently started using a new table saw and am running into a very basic problem. I'm sure it obvious to the experienced but I'm not sure how to work around it, It has to do with factoring the kerf into measurements. For example, I'm following a plan that has a cut diagram calling for ripping a 12 inch wide board into 3 inch widths. Naturally, if I follow those exact dimensions I end up with the last board about 3/8 inch short due to the width of the blade.
How do I factor this in? Wider boards? Shorter cuts? Thanks and there will be more stupid questions to come, I'm sure.
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I've been interested in woodworking for a very long time but only recently have I started actually doing something about it. Needless to say I'm making tons of mistakes but am enjoying it as I'm learning.
I've recently started using a new table saw and am running into a very basic problem. I'm sure it obvious to the experienced but I'm not sure how to work around it, It has to do with factoring the kerf into measurements. For example, I'm following a plan that has a cut diagram calling for ripping a 12 inch wide board into 3 inch widths. Naturally, if I follow those exact dimensions I end up with the last board about 3/8 inch short due to the width of the blade.
How do I factor this in? Wider boards? Shorter cuts? Thanks and there will be more stupid questions to come, I'm sure.
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OK you can't that will be for another job. Sorry I misread the post the first time.

If the plans show you getting (4) 3" boards out of one 12" board then they are wrong. A band saw could get close because of a thin blade but on a TS you get 3 plus some for the next piece or job. That's just reality.

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I try to utilize the full sheet when possible. If the widths have to be 12" then so be it. You can us the last piece that will not be 12" on another project.

Or you can adjust your cut down and get the full 4 boards.

Either way, you'll be buying more wood for the next project.

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Hmmm, let me see... a 12" wide board, however long... ripped into 3" wide boards. How thick is your blade or curf? Do the math. You need to decide (whatever you`re building) if the boards really need to be exactly 3"s wide. Sure...you`re trying to get 4 boards from one 12" wide board. I suggest you rip them all at 2 and 7/8ths"s...then rip each board from cross corner to cross corner...push them together (as to make them fatter) then glue back together and cut to length. Rick

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