Re: Round bars? Anyone try that?
Store bought 1x2s are 3/4" x 1-1/2" in actual dimensions, so that will work well for top bars intended for honey comb. Generally brood comb bars are recommended to be a little narrower than that.
Originally Posted by GeezLouise
If you do want to make top bars to a specific width, it is possible to do so with a hand held circular saw with reasonable safety. It will, of course, be slower than with a table saw.
Lets say you want 16" bars 1 1/4" wide. Start with say two 8' lengths of 1x10 or 1/12. Clamp them (or screw them) to a flat surface with supporting blocks underneath the 1x10s, except no block under one end, leaving 18" unsupported. (The second board is just there to support the saw foot plate after several progressive cuts.) Then using either a rip guide attached to the saw, or a guide edge clamped to the top of the board, cut a piece 16" parallel to the long edge of the 1x10. Only cut to just past the 16" mark.
Do not crosscut the piece, leaving it attached at one end. Then cut a parallel bar, also to the 16" mark. When you have cut across the full width of the 1x10 into 16" strips, then do a crosscut to cut off those 16" strips. Now shift the supporting blocks and repeat. Not particularly fast, but workable, although you will end up with a stub end of the 1x10 that cannot be safely cut with this method. With this system, buy the longest boards you can transport to get the fewest stub ends.
Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 03-04-2012 at 04:31 PM.
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