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My Norske Love kit came without scribed/pinted deck planking lines on the deck pieces.  Rather than draw them in, I intend to plank the decks (simply because I have a bundle of 111 X 6 mm strips).  6 mm is entirely too wide to use this lumber as is, so I need to cut them (rip lengthwise).  I will be happy with 3mm wide planks.  I cannot figure out a simple, accurate & efficient way to do the cutting and I'm hoping someone here will suggest something...anyone please?

 

Cheers!

Bill

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I always cut my planking from 3 or 4 inch wide sheet. If the planks are from a 1/32" thick sheet, I tape a brass bar 1/32" thick by 3/4" or 1" wide to my table, leaving the front edge of the brass without tape. I then use another brass bar on top, overlapping the first by as wide as I want the plank. Now I can slid the wood under the upper piece of brass until it rests against the lower piece of brass and I have an edge to run my blade against. With this setup I can cut as many planks as I need.

 

Bob

 

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Brian,

 

It should.  I usually don't cut planks from walnut or mahogany but I do use a straight edge.  With this setup you hold the wood against the stop underneath while you cut against the straight edge on top.  Should be the same.

 

Bob

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  • 3 months later...

Bob,

 

   That is an excellent way of making the strips, you don't waste any wood like if you did it a a table saw, and I don't see any problems with using other woods. You might have to cut more that one time but it should still work. just take your time when cutting harder woods. Taking time seems to be a down fall for a lot of us.Also a lot of us don't have that much time. So many sip and so little time is the problem. Thank you for the tip.

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I bet a good head knife would do an excellent job used with your guide and measure system. You run the head knife along your guide while applying as much pressure as needed, should end up with a clean cut, even in heavy woods at planking thicknesses.

jud

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