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Old 03-28-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default Balsa Stripper Table Top Mod.

This should be posted in the "Tips, Tricks, and Stuff I wish I knew" thread But I thought it deserved its own build thread.

I got myself a balsa stripper the other day and found almost impossible to cut a good strip with it. It was like trying to rip out a strait board with a skilsaw. I cant do that very well, so thats why I have a table saw. I got to thinking, why not make my stripper into a table stripper.

My table saw has a very long rip fence, and that makes it easier to get perfect, strait rips every time.....So I wanted to use that idea here as well. I got to looking around and I just happened to have a piece of 1/2" AC plywood about 78" long and 6" wide. Since most of my balsa is in 3' chunks, a 78" table would give me a full length infeed and out feed......Perfect.

Every thing else is purely stuff I had laying around. The "fence" is just some old yellow pine, and the "drop leg" is some 5/8" CD that was leaning up against the wall.

So follow the pics, and If you have any questions, ask 'em!


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Old 03-28-2011, 03:46 AM   #2
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Very nice excellent idea and implementation
Thanks for sharing that with usit will come in quite handy
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Originally Posted by hillbillynamedpossum View Post
I got myself a balsa stripper the other day and found almost impossible to cut a good strip with it. It was like trying to rip out a strait board with a skilsaw. I cant do that very well, so thats why I have a table saw. I got to thinking, why not make my stripper into a table stripper.
I've got a small 10 inch band saw that will cut very slim strips out of a sheet of balsa. Maybe not as straight as a balsa stripper, but gets the job done.

Just use a couple of spring clamps to hold a rail on the table bed, then run what ever needs cutting through it. That thing will cut anything from 1/64 plywood to a 4X4 piece of lumber.

Also got a table saw, but no way in heck would I ever try to run any balsa through it. Just would not be safe.

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Old 03-28-2011, 08:01 AM   #4
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Awesome Possum, great job, I know its a B to cut Balsa strips with just the tool alone, Take care, Chellie

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"Stripper" and "table top"...wow I thought we had gone way off topic on this thread but glad to see it is still a family oriented site

Nice shop Possum!!
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Originally Posted by RCFlyer44 View Post
"Stripper" and "table top"...wow I thought we had gone way off topic on this thread but glad to see it is still a family oriented site

Nice shop Possum!!




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Ha!! Hilarious Chellie!
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Default Balsa Stripper!

MR. Possum!

NEAT!

Thanks for sharing!!

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Pretty neat, if maybe a bit over the top. Do you really need all that infeed and outfeed? The biggest problem I have with the MA stripper is how the blade wanders when stripping thicker or harder wood. Does your design do anything to lock the tip of the blade to the base so it can't wander? Can't really tell from the pics. I have seen designs where the very tip of the blade is embedded in the base an eighth of a inch or so to stabilize it. I need to get around to building something like that. John.


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You can jab the blade tip into the base it you wanted to, but I dont really see that as being a problem. 1/8" med-hard balsa cuts like butter and string strait. Thats what the long infeed and outfeed does for ya.

Any thing thicker than 1/8 or 3/16 probably needs to be cut on the bandsaw anyway.

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:16 PM   #11
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I was going to build mine a little different but after seeing yours possum i think i will do it your way. Thanks possum. joe
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