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  • Cutting V-Blocks

    Several jigs call for the use of a long V-block (for holding dowel rods to drill a transverse hole, for example). However I cannot think of a way to cut one that doesn't leave the V-shaped piece being removed lying loose under the spinning saw blade, which begs for a dangerous kickback. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious here. Can someone advise me?

  • #2
    Re: Cutting V-Blocks

    Terryb, I just made a few different sizes with my band saw. Pretty safe that way.
    A small handsaw would work if you don't have access to a bandsaw.

    Big G

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    • #3
      Re: Cutting V-Blocks

      Don't cut all the way through...stop short about an inch on both cuts. Then just miter the uncut section off.
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      • #4
        Re: Cutting V-Blocks

        make the cut and use a block to finish the cut through the saw, the loose piece will just ride along, and use push stick or blocks if some thing does happen your hand will not go into the blade, (Keep your hand away from the blade), and when gliding or pushing a piece through the saw, I hook my index and little finger over the fence if near the blade so if the wood does exit with out permission, my hand is locked on to something that will not let it pull or drop into the blade,

        make the block longer than necessary and cut apart to length wanted, if you need 2" long blocks make the block say 12' long and cut into 2" vee blocks after forming it,

        and one more do not cut full depth of the Vee, so it leaves the Vee attached to the block (just a 1/16 or 1/8") and then break out the Vee and raise the blade and run it through again taking out the bottom but since your only removing basicly saw dust there will be very little to kick back,
        Last edited by BHD; 12-04-2012, 11:30 AM.
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        • #5
          Re: Cutting V-Blocks

          BHD nailed it.
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          • #6
            Re: Cutting V-Blocks

            Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
            Don't cut all the way through...stop short about an inch on both cuts. Then just miter the uncut section off.
            You are one smart Guy ! Are You sure You're not a Marine ?
            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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