Hi all! I wanted to update you on the Kreg Rip-Cut in case you didn’t see all the responses from the original post the other day. I was very surprised to get a comment in the post from Derek Balsley, from the Kreg Tool company, who responded to some of my concerns with the new jig. I’d like to think that I am on the Kreg Tool Company’s radar; however, I’m guessing they knew about this post from a trackback from the link I put in the post 😉 Here’s what he said, if you didn’t see it already:
Hi Kristen! Derek from Kreg Tool Company here. Just saw your blog entry this morning and wanted to write you back to answer a few of your questions about the Rip-Cut! BTW, I think you and your readers are really going to like this tool, I’ve used it myself and it really does make ripping a lot faster/easier for DIY’ers!
1) “Having to take the thing off the saw each time. Might not be a problem if it is easily done.”
It’s actually really easy to put on and take off! There are two set screws you tighten/loosen with a screwdriver, and that’s it! Just slide your saw off of the sled, and use it as normal! Very simple and easy to remove.
2) “Keeping that edge on the edge of the plywood the entire cut. The model is holding it there, can I?”
If I can, you can. Basically you just apply slight pressure inwards and forwards and that’s all there is to it. Let the saw do the rest of the work.
3) “If the plywood edge is not straight, this thing won’t help you out. The homemade jig can cut any line you want it to as long as you can clamp it down.”
That’s very true, however… in most circumstances, you’ll be using the Rip-Cut to rip plywood and MDF panels. Since these are molded from waste material and glue at the factory, they are actually incredibly accurate from the store. If they warp at all it’s up and down, not along the cut edge. If you’re making a lot of rip-cuts in solid (unmanufactured) wood, you would definitely want to check and double check your workpiece for square/straightness before cutting because as you stated the Rip-Cut does reference the edge.
Anyway, good luck with the Rip-Cut if you get one. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Keep up the great work on the blog as well!
<I thought that getting a response from Kreg was pretty exciting, btw!>
I also looked up the jig on YouTube. Not much out there yet, since it isn’t available to buy until April, but I thought this video was helpful by a blogger who reviewed it and showed it in action (he must be on Kreg’s radar without a trackback, lol):
and this video from Kreg Tool Company:
I agree with Derek about the manufactured sheet goods having pretty square corners, but I always check regardless, and I have found at least one corner that was not (keep in mind that I have not been at this for all that long yet–so finding one is still pretty high proportionally!). I think it would be extremely rare to find a sheet good with more than one corner that wasn’t square, so it should be pretty easy to work around that.
After seeing it in action, I feel a little better about the two-hands-on-the-saw thing. With the set-up I use, there hasn’t been any issues with any sort of kick back.
I do agree with Kim’s comment about that taking your eyes off the saw to keep track of the guide edge is worrisome. What has always given me a measure of comfort using a circular saw is that I always know where the blade is because I am moving it. The router and table saw make me nervous because you are moving the wood and the blade can lose your attention. I haven’t used a table saw yet, but I find it easy to become more concerned with pushing the wood through the router blade, than the actual router blade itself. It is disconcerting when that happens.
But oh, Kreg is seducing me with the idea of not measuring each cut…
Kreg may have convinced me to shell out the dough. I’ve got two pretty big projects in the future that will require multiple sheets of plywood and mdf. If this works as promised it would make my life a lot easier. Tracy mentioned that she is ready to buy (and I’m going to guess that Kim is as well 😉 ). What about you?
**Just in case you weren’t sure about this, I’m putting it out there that I do not receive compensation for mentioning Kreg (or anything else, for that matter!). I just heard about a new product that looks promising as a result of
procrastinating on the kids’ bathroom project spending some quality time on the computer.