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Vince Smith
12-20-2016, 1:39 PM
I'm trying to finish my shop bench and I ran into a problem. My bench top is made of glued up 3"x3" strips of rock maple. I'm going to put a twin screw end vice on it but for the life of me I can't figure out how to square off the end of the table top. The only tool I own that can accurately cut 3" stock is my table saw and there is no way I can safely run that heavy top through my saw. Any ideas?

Prashun Patel
12-20-2016, 2:03 PM
Circular saw with guide. Then handsaw to complete the cut, then handplane to smooth the surface.

Steve Jenkins
12-20-2016, 2:07 PM
Where are you located? Maybe someone close has a sliding table saw and could cut it for you

Allen Breinig
12-20-2016, 2:28 PM
Circular saw, cut just over half way through from one side, flip it over and cut it off. Use a guide to keep it straight. True it up with a belt sander or hand plane. Hard to hand plane in that position if it is a hard wood like maple. You could true it up with a router and long bit too.

Robert Engel
12-20-2016, 3:06 PM
Rent a circ saw with a 10" blade.

Josh Bowman
12-20-2016, 5:40 PM
Circular saw, cut just over half way through from one side, flip it over and cut it off. Use a guide to keep it straight. True it up with a belt sander or hand plane. Hard to hand plane in that position if it is a hard wood like maple. You could true it up with a router and long bit too.

That's how I did my 4 inch bench top.

Vince Smith
12-20-2016, 11:20 PM
Thanks for the help

Wayne Jolly
12-21-2016, 2:08 PM
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-15-Amp-16-5-16-in-Circular-Saw-5402NA/203010061

Dale Murray
12-30-2016, 10:44 PM
If you are going to install a twin screw vise, then you are very likely to put a piece of wood across that end to receive the vise. I would cut it with a skill saw and make it as square and true as possible, then use a router to put a tongue on the end and cut a groove in the piece you will use for the vise face.

Why would I suggest this? Because its what I did.

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