Poll: How Do You Rip?

Working with an 8″ wide board, what is your preferred method for ripping off a 1″ strip? Personally, that sounds like a great use for the tablesaw! But I know there are lots of ways to get that job done. How would you do it?

All of our polls are created by Tom Iovino of Tom’s Workbench.

Category: Poll of the Week


  1. Doug October 22, 2012

    Radial Arm Saw

  2. Frank October 22, 2012

    By using my knife hand. All you USMC types out there know what I’m talking about. And maybe some other types too I guess.

    • John October 23, 2012

      Hoorah!! Knife Hand Chop!

    • John Davidson October 27, 2012

      But how do you prevent the tearout?

  3. thedongarry October 22, 2012

    That really is a “depends” …

  4. Kschobert October 22, 2012

    Over 8′ I use the radial arm instead of the table saw

  5. Andrew Levine October 22, 2012

    Tablesaw is the way to go for me.

  6. Jason October 22, 2012

    When I need things ripped, I just get Chuck Norris. Then everything just get cut down to it perfect size.

    • Alex October 31, 2012

      You mean as soon as Chuck Norris gets close the boards fall apart themself just of fear.

  7. jHop October 22, 2012

    If it doesn’t fit, I redesign the plan to use what I have on hand.

    (In all seriousness….. I split evenly between hand, jig saw, and circular saw with a guide. It all kind of depends on the size being ripped and how much snow there is on the ground at the time… since the bench went kapuut.)

  8. Lonnie L Milligan October 22, 2012

    Steroids and bench press got me ripped, bro.

  9. Bob D. October 22, 2012

    For me it depends of the length of the board. I would choose the Festool track saw or the tablesaw. The Fesstool track saw works very well for ripping and with the parallel side fence, repetitive cuts are easy to do.

  10. Darrel October 22, 2012

    Is this board straight? Is it s4s? How thick is it? Do I want the 7″ piece or the 1″ piece? Is my table saw set up with a ripping blade? How many cups of coffee have I had? What type of wood is it? I voted track saw since I just got one and the last board I ripped I tried out the new saw. Worked great.

  11. Dean in Des Moines October 22, 2012

    I use my jack plane and glue all the shavings back together. Gives it that nice chipboard look that people seem to like these days.

  12. Beechwood Chip October 23, 2012

    Table saw for a short piece, circular saw and guide for a longer piece.

  13. I generally use my razor sharp mind.

  14. Bill Daniel October 23, 2012

    I’m a table saw guy…in a shop environment especially…quick & easy setup too!

  15. Thomas G. Kaiser October 23, 2012

    I think the table saw does a better cut

  16. paul anderson October 23, 2012

    Depends on the length of the board, and the length of the 1″ strips

  17. Jamie Lennox October 23, 2012

    Sometimes the best way to rip a solid wood board is with a bandsaw especially one like Nick Boynton’s (Missoula, MT). Nick built the bandsaw carcass out of plywood and it is by far the truest bandsaw out there. The saw was featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine. I’ve had the great fortune of using Nick’s creation. With an in feed and out feed table , the band saw is the safest approach to ripping solid wood. It may be just as fast as a table saw with minimal dust flying in your face. No need for a riving knife on a band saw. With a ultra thin kerf you can yield a lot more out of a board. Of course, the table saw is the way to go for ripping plywood & crosscutting. Don’t let Nick find you cutting plywood on his bandsaw or he will have words with you.

  18. Ryan Mulford October 24, 2012

    I always start by trying to harness the power of The Force. If after a few minutes that doesn’t work I use a circular saw since i do not own a table saw (i’m just a poor college student). If I feel frisky I might use a hand saw

  19. Riley October 24, 2012

    I bought a gang rip about a year ago and i have only used a couple times because i usually end up just using my table saw or track saw, but the gang rip is handy for face frames or door frames if you have a lot of repeatable rips, it really cuts down on time.

  20. Jim Rimmer October 24, 2012

    I use a tqble saw but it could differ with the length of the board just due to handling difficulty. Beyond 4 or 5 feet I will use a circ saw with a guide.

  21. thedongarry October 24, 2012

    Reading through the posts it occurred to me that the question is much like “what shoes would you wear? I especially like Dean in Des Moines and spoke shave.

  22. definitely the table saw

  23. Jack October 26, 2012

    Tablesaw, resaw, track saw, depends on the wood.

  24. Marc M October 26, 2012

    What’s a rip cut?

  25. I have 8/4 cherry boards – between 8 & 10″ wide and 8′ long – anyone in the 14850 zip that has the ability to resaw these? Thougth about using a chain saw – but my wife won’t ket me :-)

  26. Howard Orridge October 27, 2012

    For short lengths of straight grained timber, a froe and then a hand plane – just to take us back a couple of hundred years!

  27. madera November 18, 2012

    10′ sliding table saw to slr the first edge

  28. Danny H. December 4, 2012

    If the board doesn’t have one straight edge then I clamp it down on the panel saw wagon to rip one straight edge. Mine makes rip cuts up to 110″.

  29. muddlermike April 10, 2013

    under 3 ft long, band saw. over 3 ft, table saw

  30. The jigsaw in the pic of the original pic of this thread seems to be huge. I’d love to know more details about it. We work with three inch thick walnut (with all saws) on a regular basis. A stronger (strongest) jigsaw on the market might help.


  31. Dennis September 1, 2013

    Handsaw 4 ppi.

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