, a rip cut is one that is made parallel
to the grain
of the wood
. Compare with cross cut
. Rip cuts are best accomplished with power tools
, although rip cuts can be done with a properly designed hand saw
. On a power saw (such as a radial arm saw
, or a table saw
), a rip cut is generally made by pushing the board
through the spining blade
, which is held in one location. The board is guided by a rip fence
to prevent side-to-side motion.
Making rip cuts with a power saw requires careful setup and close adherence to safe procedures to avoid dangerous kickbacks. Finger boards, blade guards, and of course, protective eyewear should be mandatory when making rip cuts.