Aug 282012
 
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I use my Festool TS55, paired with a rail, to rip off the wavy live edges from boards: it”s a safe, fast, easy way to get a straight edge.

Festool TS55 Ready to Rip

Festool TS55 Ready to Rip

I wet the top to look at the sapwood of my air-dried walnut – trying to decide on using it or not.  Using the white sapwood would definitely look nice as a contrasting stripe down the middle, and echoed in the legs as well – but ultimately I decide to go more “elegant” and remove the white sap.

Sapwood is White on Air-Dried Walnut

Sapwood is White on Air-Dried Walnut

Again – I use the TS55 to rip the sapwood off.  The boards are so long, I have to use Festool rail connectors to gang up my 55″ and 106″ rails in order to make a single cut!

Two Festool Rails Connected to Rip

Two Festool Rails Connected to Rip


Morton is a furniture designer builder working in Harvard, MA.  He reviews tools for Highland Woodworking on YouTube.  You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter @morton, and his own YouTube channel.

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