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Beat tear-out in 3 ways
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An unsupported cut incurs bad
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Covering the top face with masking
tape helps.
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Clean cuts like this make projects
look best.

Beat tear-out in 3 ways

Because a circular-saw blade cuts on an upward rotation, the bottom face, in which the teeth enter the cut, will almost always have a clean, tear-out-free surface. Meanwhile, the top face suffers tear-out so bad it cannot be used in a visible area on a project. (See the three photos at right for different degrees of grain tear-out.) So whenever possible, put the best face down when cutting. When you must cut with the best face up, use one of these tips to make your workpiece edges look like the one in the best photo.

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Comments (16)
alejandronikolic wrote:

Of course, thanks Wood Magazine. A trick to read clean articles: just click on the "Print" icon and the page will be presented in a clean format. Other advantage is that some multiple page articles are presented in the same print page (as this one will do).

3/24/2015 07:57:31 PM Report Abuse
jeffropapa wrote:

I like Shelcom's and Mr_mac43's comment's.

3/23/2015 07:25:35 AM Report Abuse
john10ey wrote:

I don't mind adds to the side as they are sometimes useful. I really object to adds that drop down to cover the text. The only thing I read in those adds is the X that closes it.

3/22/2015 11:19:25 AM Report Abuse
icehso wrote:

I find the overuse of the word "snarky" to be more irritating than the ads. I don't get pop-ups. Wonder what I'm doing right.

3/21/2015 09:38:23 AM Report Abuse
temblor4 wrote:

fjterrones/remondro, many of us use computers as a tool, not a way of life and so there are many little things we may not know. I block popups enabled but still get ads that are so annoying on to this site. If you know something other users don't, that would be helpful to them, kindness would suggest just mentioning it to them without snarky little comments. If however, you want to prove your superiority to the world, then I guess snarky is the best you can do.

3/20/2015 12:19:28 PM Report Abuse
fjterrones wrote:

Everything is free only because of the ads. If you don't want to see ads then go to a site that charges a fee. If it takes you hours on end to figure out how to stop pop-ups then you shouldn't be using a computer.

3/20/2015 10:31:18 AM Report Abuse
mr_mac43 wrote:

How in the world can you not appreciate free great advice & tips?

3/20/2015 10:02:20 AM Report Abuse
temblor4 wrote:

Nathan, no need to be so snarky, many of us don't have the time to sit at our computers for hours on end learning all the myriad things they can do and the way to do them. We have other things more important to do. I find it far more helpful to offer the hints and tips straightforwardly, without snide comments.

3/20/2015 01:15:41 AM Report Abuse
shelcom wrote:

I use Forrest Blades only so I have no tear out! Try them you'll like them!

3/19/2015 06:49:14 PM Report Abuse
remondro wrote:

And, YES, this is GREAT, free information, I personally have picked up a lot of great tricks and ways of doing things that I did not know of before..and like NATHANGRIFFIN said, ""Thanks, Wood Magazine!!!!!!""

3/19/2015 01:46:01 PM Report Abuse
remondro wrote:

To stop all those pop-up ads, you complainers should just down-load a FREE copy of Adblock Pro.. I was able to see the full articles without any overlapping ads..Just like NATHANGRIFFIN wrote above, you need to take time to learn how to use your computer in order to eliminate those pop-ups...(HINT: GOOGLE "adblock pro" and it will bring up the sites where you can down-load)

3/19/2015 01:38:50 PM Report Abuse
nathanrgriffin wrote:

Look for solutions to your problem rather than criticizing. I have copied and saved many of these articles to my hard drive for future reference. Many of these articles provide solutions to problems that I have not seen elsewhere. Thanks, Wood Magazine!

3/19/2015 10:14:33 AM Report Abuse
nathanrgriffin wrote:

To the complainers of the way the articles are displayed: Your computer is like any other tool. You need to take the time to learn how to use it to eliminate pop-ups and to see the articles without ads overlapping. For good, free information, there seems to be a lot of complaining.

3/19/2015 10:14:12 AM Report Abuse
jtgmjnk wrote:

I too find the heavy use of pop-up ads etc very distracting and a result I use the site far less than I would otherwise. JD

3/19/2015 10:01:02 AM Report Abuse
DaveOdekirk wrote:

A 1/16 inch deep scoring cut is your best bet for stopping tearout. That is why the big industrial saws have a scoring blade built in.

1/30/2015 09:53:26 AM Report Abuse
CarouselJohn wrote:

I can no longer see the pictures for the articles because your ads are covering them completely. Do you need the money so bad that you are putting our an inferior product? You used to be so good.

1/29/2015 10:49:37 PM Report Abuse

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