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More Anti-Chip Tips

More Anti-Chip Tips

More anti-chip tips

Different situations call for different measures to beat chip-out. Here are some more tips:

  • Score the top side of plywood with a utility knife and a straightedge before cutting with a circular saw. The side of the saw blade against the "keeper" edge should run in the scored cut.
  • When routing a hinge mortise, first make a knife cut at the point where the bit will emerge from the wood.
  • If you do get minor chip-out with the tablesaw, clean it up at the router table. The ideal bit for this step is an up/downcut spiral bit.
  • Apply a thin coat of the finish you'll use later. It hardens the surface of the wood, and can be scraped or sanded off if necessary.
  • Use a backer board when using the drill press, and move the board along with the workpiece for multiple holes. That way, you'll always have solid support underneath.

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Comments (4)
dhuff49 wrote:

Basic baseplates: "You can't guide the saw by eye with this baseplate attached, so you'll have to rely on edge guides. Or, you can make the baseplate with clear Plexiglas or polycarbonate plastic." I used 1/4" hardboard, made the baseplate then drilled two 1/4" holes on the leading end, filed out the figure 8 shape so I have a 1/4"x1/2" oval slot. This way I can see the line.

5/8/2014 10:27:40 AM Report Abuse
jayseagull wrote:

The masking tape does minimize the chipping. However, if you have a good straight-edge, scoring the cut-line with a utility knife will all but eliminate the chances of chipping.

8/20/2010 07:47:55 AM Report Abuse
rtl71 wrote:

I also use 1 1/2" masking tape to not only cross cut but cuts with the grain. Two minutes of preparation saves a lot of grief later...

8/19/2010 12:07:57 PM Report Abuse
rudemeister44 wrote:

I use masking tape to minimize chip-out when cutting with my circular saw. Also makes the cutting line easier to see! Easy to pull off when cut is done.

8/19/2010 10:33:09 AM Report Abuse

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