I was wondering how you would go about doing this. I have a 48x12x1 Bamboo blank. I'd like to cut the thickness in half so I have 2 planks. Perfect 0.5 width (with blade) does not matter as long as it's cut in half.

My first thought was to square up the 12" high plank on a table saw and use blade 6-8" high, then cut and flip then planer? Do table saw blades even go that high?

There's a Woodworking club nearby I could use. If I can't do it myself, I can ask one of the guys, but I'd like to give this a go.

Thanks for any help.

  • Ask one of the guys, and use the event for learning, for the next time you have a need like this. I think you would be much happier with the results.
    – Some Guy
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 14:33
  • Tx Turner's answer is good. You may want to ask at Woodworking.SE for additional ideas/tips.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 18:16
  • Thanks! I got this bamboo at a great price, but it was too heavy for my application.
    – Tai Sem
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 19:16

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Sounds like what you're after is resawing-- which is typically done on a band saw with a wide blade. Then you have to clean up the saw marks, which does take some thickness away. So you may end up with two 3/8" pieces rather than 1/2".

  • Even the saw blade is going to take away resultant thickness.
    – Michael Karas
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 16:05
  • 3/8 would be fine. Heck, 1/4 would still work for this hard wood. Excellent info for future reference! Thanks
    – Tai Sem
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 19:19

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