Step 1: Tools & Materials
First lets gather the tools and materials.
Compressor with Brad Nailer
Circular Saw or Table Saw
Paint Brush and/or Roller
Sheets of 4x8 luan (each on covers about 32 sq/ft )
Step 2: Circular Saw Jig
In order to easily cut multiple uniform strips from the large luan sheets, I created a cutting jig for my circular saw.
1) Take a scrap piece of luan that is slightly longer than the base of your circular saw and wider than the width of the boards you are going to be cutting.
2) Mount the circular saw to the sheet of luan with the blade fully up. This may require drilling two holes in the base of the circular saw.
NOTE: Make sure to counter sink the screw heads so that they don't catch on the work piece later on.
3) Once the saw is completely secured to the luan, hang the saw over the edge of your work bench, plug it in, and lower it through the luan sheet.
4) Now, unplug the saw with the blade down through the laun. Take a piece of thicker scrap wood or scrap metal and mount it parallel to the blade at the distance of your desired board width (I chose 6 inches).
Now when it comes to cutting your sheets down to size, all you need to do is run the piece of wood along the edge of the luan.
Step 3: Ripping the Boards Down to Size
Using a table saw, set the fence to the desired board width. Rip all of the sheets down to width.
If using the circular saw guide, place a sheet a work bench and clamp it down. Now ride the guide along the edge of the sheet. When you reach the end of the piece, let the board fall to the ground. Then shift the sheet over a few inches and repeat until all of your boards are complete.