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Old 06-16-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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I'm trying to cut a shell by Steve Garrison that was in the SSW issue 47.

Can someone tell me how to cut a 2x4 at a 20 degree angle with either a table saw or a planer? I'm stumped! I've tried cutting with the table saw, but kept getting the wrong angle. I think I can run it through the planer, but I need to use something to plane it on an angle.

Can someone give me some suggestions?

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Old 06-16-2014, 11:32 PM   #2
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Set your blade at 20 degrees and cut the wood lengthwise. It might help to make a jig to get the wood cut straight. Then you should have two pieces of wood cut at 20 degrees. Be sure to leave about 1.8th " at the edge of the wood. After you have cut the wood then you will need to cut the wood about 5" crossways so you will have 4 pieces of wood. Then mark the pieces from 1 to 4. Then what I did was measure my pieces at half so that would be 2 1/2' and draw a line down the middle. I got better cuts on my wedges this way. Then take a dime or a small washer and place it on the line in the middle and draw a half circle and then cut the wood with the scroll table set at 20 degrees and do the same on piece # 2 After that you will trace each half circle until you have larger wedges and then you can do the glue ups. A friend cut my wood for me as I don't have a table saw or a band saw. There is a video some where that will show you how to cut the wood. Good luck... Fay
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Thanks Fay! I tried cutting it tonight and have it partially glued, but I think the board was too big at the bottom. I had the top around 1/8" and the bottom around 1 1/2", and it made the top rings "fat". I will see tomorrow how it goes.

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Your welcome, Just cut the wedges at the thin edge and then glue 2 at a time up and line them up like in the instructions that Steve Garrison has. It will be a lot easier to finish the inside of the shell and it will start looking like a shell once you get more wedges glued up. Just keep cutting the wedges as they will get larger as you go along. The wedges will be tiny at first but they will get larger and fatter as you go... Mine took 32 or 33 wedges to get a nice shell. Good luck on your shell and post a picture of it when you get it going. I'd like to see it. Most of all,, Have fun.. Fay
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