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How to make a 1/8" x 1/8" strip6/27
I'm trying to make 1/8" x 1/8" x 30" wood strips, and am having some trouble.
It's too small for the planer and widebelt sander (the material just gets mauled), and tablesaw's aren't precise enough (it usally turns out not square, and then you have saw marks to get off).
Do you guys have any ideas? Or are there companies that just sell the strips?
You can purchase square dowels at the big box stores.
Rip them to 3/16 on the table saw and run them through the widebelt. If your widebelt is eating them, something is not right with it.
I know a lot of shops think the table top $400 planers are a joke, but I've had good luck with running small strips. I have a 12.5" 12 year old Delta which uses disposal knives. I use a stationary planer for most of my work, but the "throwaway" can be handy at times.
I ran into the same problem one time. If you can use short lengths you can buy them from a model airplane parts supplier. They will be 18" or 24" long usually and out of Balsa wood or a soft whitewood like Basswood. I think they cut them with lasers.