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How to Rip Lumber

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Ripping (the popular contraction of rip sawing) is the sawing of lumber with the grain of the wood. This is normally referred to as the long way of the stock. The function of ripping is to reduce a given piece of stock to the desired width to be used in construction a project. Ripping is one of the most basic woodworking operations. Normally, lumber is available only in the widths that increase in increase in increments of two inch. This dimension is usually the size of the stock before it was dressed smooth. For this reason, it is extremely helpful to the craftsman to be able to reduce the stock to exactly the width desired. This also removes the limitation of designing all projects to fit only the stock widths of lumber.

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