Most agree that cutting strips is the first daunting task in building a cedar stripper. Most people try and walk the plank through a table saw, and then with a surface planer attempt to uniform the strips. I was lucky to learn from the Minnesota Canoe Assc., how easy and effective it was to cut strips with a skillsaw ! It was not only easy but cheap. For less than $100 I was set. I use the strongback to hold my plank, as I walk back and forth cutting strips with a skillsaw. It produced strips that did NOT need to be planed, as they were uniform enough to be beaded and coved without any further work ! Here is a pic of my current set up.