How to Rip Long Boards On a Table Saw – Step by Step Guide

Whether you are planning to build a long board table or simply want to build one for yourself, this article will show you exactly how to rip long boards on a table saw.

You have a table saw at home or in your garage. You also have a long board that you want to rip or cut. But unfortunately, you can only rip one board at a time, not two boards at once. There’s a lot of work you can put into cutting that long board into smaller pieces, but you can’t cut both boards at the same time.

What can you do about it? If you’ve tried cutting a long board with a jigsaw, you know that it’s almost impossible to cut a board that is longer than your jigsaw is wide. And if you try using a circular saw, you may end up with a pile of debris on your floor and maybe some damaged wood. So, what can you do? You have to cut the long board into two parts.

How to Rip Long Boards On a Table Saw

Today I will show you the most common mistake beginners make when using a table saw, how to avoid it, and how to fix it!

Step 1 – Find Your Angle

One of the biggest mistakes I see newbies making is thinking that ripping a long board is going to be easier than cutting stock. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Ripping long boards will require more force, so you need to get the blade aligned properly to prevent having to constantly adjust the angle of the blade.

Step 2 – Remove Dirt

A table saw can make quick work of a long board. But if you don’t remove any knots and debris from the ends of the boards, the teeth of the saw will start chewing into the wood. If you’re using a straight edge, remove knots with a sharp knife. If you’re using a router, drill small holes in the ends of the board so you can insert a screwdriver, making sure to keep the screws from protruding past the end of the board.

Step 3 – Adjust the Table Saw

When ripping long boards on a table saw, there is a tendency to just let the board run through the blade until it is done. This is not always the best option as it may not rip out the desired length. The key is to adjust the cut height and cut depth. This will help the wood strip through the blade more smoothly and effectively without breaking down.

Step 4 – Position the Work Piece

Before you start ripping a long board, rip two short boards of the same thickness, length, and width as the long one. Then you can make a comparison. If the shorter pieces cut faster, they are the same thickness as the long piece and you should adjust your rip settings accordingly.

Step 5 – Making the cut

Now that you know what size of blade will work best for your job, it’s time to cut it. Make sure the fence is parallel to the slot on the table saw.

Next, place your board against it. Pull down one end of the board until there is enough resistance from gravity to keep it from moving while cutting. If you are making multiple passes, you need to find a spot where you can stop and mark it with a pencil. Look down from above to line the blade up. You need to wear a pair of safety glasses and any other personal protective equipment.

After you have lined up correctly, turn on the saw and take it all the way through the board. Make sure to prop up one end of the board against something sturdy so that the wood doesn’t move while cutting, this will ensure an even cut.

If you make multiple passes or rough cuts, then repeat steps two and three until you make all of your desired cuts. If you want to ensure an even cut across pieces, you need to make sure you hold the board in place and mark where you want to stop.

Apply Finish – Sanding after cutting

Sanding is the final step in ripping boards on the table saw. The best way to ensure that your boards are nice and smooth is by using an orbital sander.
The higher the number of grits you use, the smoother and finer the wood will be after going over it once. If you are looking for a rougher finish, then start with a lower number of grits. Your boards will be ready to go after you go over each side about two or three times.

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When using a table saw, there is a problem that no matter how smooth a cut you make, the board eventually gets warped. This happens because when you start cutting, the wood tends to move, and because it is moving, it exerts pressure on the blade causing the blade to flex. When this happens, it causes the blade to bend and the blade to dull, even when you are making a perfectly straight cut. This is a big problem.

 How do you rip a 16-foot board?

The first step to ripping a piece of wood is to figure out what kind of wood you’re going to rip. I’m guessing that you don’t want to rip a piece of wood that’s already been cut. This means that you’ll need to find a piece of wood that hasn’t yet been cut into lumber. For my demo, I’m going to be using a piece of 1×4 that’s 16 feet long. That’s a pretty big piece of wood, and it’s a good thing that I have a truck because it wouldn’t fit in my truck bed. Now that I have my board, I need to measure the width


In conclusion, to determine whether the length of the board you’re ripping will fit through your table saw, measure the length of the board and multiply that by the thickness of the stock. You’ll know if the resulting measurement will fit through the blade of your table saw if it is greater than half the length of the blade. If not, then you’ll have to cut off the bottom of the board.