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Thin kerf blades

Categories: Circular Saws
Date: 10/3/98
Time: 9:13:06 PM
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I have a nice, long mahogany board, 18" wide and 1-1/8" thick. I want to split it to make matching panels for a cabinet. I plan to make two passes on a table saw (top and bottom) with a thin kerf blade, then hand saw the remaining center. My table saw will support up to a 15" blade. I need to know about the desirability of non-stick coatings, thin-kerf vs.thick kerf stability in terms of stock loss, jigs for stabilizing the board in the upright position; and any other considerations I have completely overlooked. Thanks for the input!