How to Rip Lumber Without Busting a Bicep?
Issue: Issue 348.5
Posted Date: 4/1/2014
How the heck does any normal person rip a piece of wood? I mean, I lift weights three times a week, and I can do enough pull-ups to pass boot camp for the Marines. But, I can't tear a piece of wood in half, no matter how hard I try. You don't even know how much it kills me to admit that! What am I doing wrong? - Burl E. Studmuffin
Mars Chrishall: Sounds like you need more core training, Burl E. Woodworking isn't for the weak. Buck up.
John Robstone: I totally disagree with Mars here. Studmuffin, I have no doubt that your biceps live up to your daunting reputation at the gym. You're ripped, but light on the "cut" here. We can help. Check out our brand-new DVD "The Way to Woodwork: 700 Strokes to Better Rip Cuts." It comes packaged with a hand saw and three hours of step-by-step instructions. Be advised: there's a lot of back-and-forth to the process, and you're likely to work up a real good sweat. But, sounds like you're a sweaty type guy anyway. In the end, you will have two pieces of wood instead of one. You can do it, buddy! Good luck.
Tom Outman: And remember Stud, cutting dovetails doesn't involve feathers.