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    I have been cutting some oven shelf pulls today using 1/2" Poplar and want to try stack cutting at least 2 at a time which would be 1" thick or 1 1/2" if I tried 3. I would only try 2 at first. I have read about gluing tooth picks in the waste areas to hold together and my question is do I still use the same blade or would I want a more aggressive blade? Today I was using a FD TC#5 which is 13 TPI with a reverse tooth every 3rd tooth.
    Last edited by tvman44; 05-05-2012, 08:08 PM.
    Bob making sawdust in SW Louisiana
    with a EX-21

  • #2
    I don't find it necessary to use toothpicks, however that will work. I'd just tape the 2-3 pieces together. I'd move up to a #5 or #7 ultra reverse blade. Try the number 5 first it should work just fine.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


    • #3
      If the pattern is not very intricate maybe use a # 7. A #5 could do it but you need good tension on the blade, the blade should not move sideways more than 1/8". Have good speed but very low feed rate. Let the blade do the cutting they say.
      I always staple it together,
      FD Mike

      The other Mike, you just was ahead of me. Thanks
      Poplar is soft as far as I know it.
      Last edited by 3_M; 05-05-2012, 08:33 PM.
      SD Mike


      • #4
        Personally, I would not stack cut two layers of 1/2" hardwood. I think it would be too thick to save any time by stack cutting. However if you wanted to try it, I would go with a FD UR# 7 or 9.
        Dan in So.Ca.


        • #5
          I limit my stacks to 3/4" as I have found that any thicker slows you down enough that there is no time saved. I do limit my stacks of 1/8 material to 4 as I found that to be the most efficient.


          • #6
            I've done stacks that thick with woods much harder than poplar, so I think you'll be fine with a stack of two. Probably even three if you're careful. I second the FD UR# 7 recommendation. #9 if you're going to try three.


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