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    Can any one tell me if I can cut 8/4, (2"), on a Dewalt 788? I am cutting puzzles in birch and walnut. After I plane it down the stock will actually be closer to 7/4, (1 3/4 "). I can't make tight enough turns on my bandsaw. Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    The DeWalt has a 2" max cutting capacity. That said, it will be tight. Watch the upper blade clamp. If your hand is directly underneath the clamp screw, it will rap your knuckles. For wood that thick, you will want to use the largest blade you can.
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    • #3
      "Still Montana Mike"

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      • #4
        I'm with very, very careful with that upper thumb screw, as it will add a new knuckle really fast Ouch! Ya, I found out the hard way, as I am always pushing the limits! It could also put a big dent into your wood, depending on the size of your project and softness of wood. I would recommend trying a scrap piece before putting your actual project on the saw. IMHO, when I cut that thick I prefer using FD-Polar blades as the reverse seems to have a tendancy to cause the wood to jump too much without really bearing down with all the dynamics of working with such a thick piece of wood.

        Oh, and if you haven't already...don't even attempt to use the hold down...just watch your fingers!

        Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
        ~ Kim

        A day in my shop is like a day at the beach...full of sunshine and ya never know where the sawdust may end up!


        • #5
          Plane it down frist then cut on your scroll saw. Good Luck. Lance


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