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Old 01-03-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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Have just had an IPE deck installed. The planks are so close together that it holds water. We don't want to pull up planks and relocate. Is there a way that we can cut a fine line between the planks to allow the water to drain. There are about twelve planks involved. Would a laser saw or a very thin diamond edge saw be appropriate. Thank you so much for any help you can give! J L Wollas
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:37 PM   #2
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I find it hard to believe you have a saw with a powerful enough laser to cut wood, that is more of an industrial tool, so I assume you are referring to a saw with a laser pointer used to line up the saw. You can make excellent cuts with a carbide tipped blade on a circular saw provided you use a guide. In your case, a rip blade would be appropriate. Typically, a rip blade has a width of about 1/8 inch, about right for your project. The key is to make sure you have a good guide, and know how to use it, else the saw will wander and your cut will look bad. Laser or no, I would not want to make this type of cut freehand.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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Judith Welcome to the Forum. You've come to the right place

The easiest and most precise way to make a saw kerf cut between the IPE boards is to get someone that has access to a plunge cut Track Saw. This saw does NOT use a laser but uses a guide rail track that can be easily aligned with the edge of the guide rail directly over the line between IPE boards.

The Guide Rails come in different lengths up to 16’ but a more common length is ~4’, or even shorter down to 32”. The guide rail sections can also be connected together to make even longer rails. In your case none of this is necessary as the most common length of ~4’ would work fine.

The procedure would be to Adjust the depth of cut on the saw, then start at one end, visually align the guide rail to the IPE, plunge the saw to its adjusted depth, and cut to the length of the guide and raise the blade. Then move the guide along to the next uncut section and repeat.

What makes this work is the guide rail and the PLUNGE cut Track Saw. A normal circular saw whether or not it has a laser is NOT made for plunge cutting. Plunge cutting while the body of the saw is on the guide rail does not require any special finesse . The plunge location will always be along the edge of the guide rail.

I would estimate around two hours from setup to completion

Track Saws are presently made by Festool, Makita, and DeWalt. The Festool saw comes in two version the TS-55 or the TS-75, a slightly larger saw. Either will work in your application.
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