Rip strips in steps with fewer setups
I've seen lots of techniques for ripping consistent, thin strips at the tablesaw. But by using a combination square and drill bits for saw setup, I can quickly and precisely cut strips of different thicknesses by simply varying the size of the bit.
After fitting a 3/4×3/4" hardwood strip in the saw's miter slot, butt the head of a combination square against it, extend the rule to touch a saw tooth, and lock it in place. Now, insert a drill bit that matches the desired strip thickness between the square and wood strip, as shown.
Finally, slide the rip fence over until the workpiece touches the rule and lock the fence. Remove the square and bit, then rip a strip. Repeat the process for subsequent strips.
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