27 Jun Woodpecker Jig for Ripping Consistently Sized Thin Strips
Trapping thin strips between the table saw blade and the rip fence can cause kickback, binding and burning. It’s smarter to have the strip on the off-cut side of the blade. Woodpeckers new ThinRip Guide (item TRG, $149.99) does exactly that.
Step 1: lock it into the left-hand miter gauge slot and let the two bearings (top and bottom) just kiss the fence to set the jig to zero. You’ll only need to calibarte once for each saw.
Step 2: move the jig forward (away from the blade), dial in the thickness of the strip you want to rip, and lock it in place.
Step 3: slide a board against the bearings, lock the table saw fence against the board, and make a cut.
Now all you have to do is slide the board against the bearings, move the fence so it’s snug against the board, and make as many thin strips as the board will yield. They will all be exactly the same thickness. This operation requires a zero clearance insert so the strips don’t fall into the saw. The ThinRip Guide is engineered to work with almost everything from portable job-site saws up to the largest cabinet saws. If the miter slot is 3/8″ x 3/4″ with a T-slot, it will fit. Depending on the brand of saw you have, you can cut strips as thin as 1/32″ (or less if the wood will hold together) or up to 1-1/4″ wide.
Calibrating the scale to your saw couldn’t be simpler. Just bring the bearings up until they kiss the tooth of the saw blade and adjust the scale indicator to the nearest mark. Now you can set the dimension of your strips without having to compensate for the thickness of your saw blade. Scales for both millimeters and inches are laser engraved on the anodized aluminum body. The guide is machined from a solid billet of top-quality aluminum. At just under 4 pounds, it’s engineered to provide solid support. All other components are made from corrosion resistant materials.
This product has an estimated ship date of October 31, 2022.