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Went to the wood guy and found some fun wood for CHEAP!!!! I paid $25 for 2 matched qtr sawn ash slabs for a bar top for a friend and for $15 extra i got 2 matched Russian Olive slabs. The Russian olive is 3.5" x 9" x 108". Dang near 60+ BF of wood for $40

The problem 3.5" thick is too thick for well any circular bladed saw i have available. I don't know if that's too thick for a jigsaw my guess is yes. So that leaves me with the band saw. I'll cut the length in half if i need to beings that I'm just going to use these for picture frames more than likely. Any one have advice how to manage this on a band saw?

If this helps I'd really like an excuse to buy some out and in feed roller supports.

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2 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

Will that work in my jigsaw? It's kind of an older model.13322005_10101003494012089_5206061965740

I don't even think Shane has this one! Must be a rare model :blink:

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I agree that doing a rough break down with a jigsaw is best.  I am also not real familiar with that older Festool jigsaw you have!

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I would make a sled with hold down clamps and run it thru the band saw with the sled against your fence. 

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Are you talking about cutting the Length in half or halving it long ways?  For the 10" or so cut to half it, id just be grabbing my hard point $20 hand saw and letting it rip. That's my designated rough break down saw and it works fast.

If your stuck on power,  you can buy different length blades for a jigsaw. Buy a longer blade, Go slow and don't push too hard and it should do it. 

Length cut I wouldn't hesitate to do on the bs. That would actually be my first choice.  I've had burning and pinching issues cutting down long boards with a circular saw. 

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I'd use my track saw.

After that, I'b build a sled with clamps and put them on my bandsaw.

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I have used a straightedge and circular saw to rip a straight line in a thick slab the polished off the cut with a saber saw sticking to the outside of the cut. Then you just need to clean up the edge on the jointer or with a plane. Getting a moisture meter is strongly recommended ! If the interior of your crosscut is wetter than the face don't bother trying to rip the board. Seal the ends and wait or find a kiln. 

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