Crack that whip!

Last week we were putting together a bullet box from the rump end of a walnut board that wasn’t quite long enough to make another cutting board from.


If you notice, there are penciled lines right down the center for the saw plate to travel between.  It is this that I wanted to talk about.  I needed to split this board both in width and thickness to yield four pieces of 3/8″ thick stock.  You may find yourself in a similar situation.  But to save you some trouble, I will tell you that ripping one piece of 8″ wide stock is exponentially harder than ripping two 4″ wide pieces.  So, split the width before the thickness, and your chore will be lessened.  And then you must rip it, rip it good.