Hey Rughty, I would love to know where you were quoted $50 in Reno. I live up at the lake and have a board I am thinking of splitting. Thanks
Here is the email with quote. I ended up using a jigsaw because I was even too cheap for the $50, especially since it wasn't a brand new solid. I use these guys a bunch for my regular job. They also cut the round disc's I modified for my DIY interface.
It was their first, and that is also how the result was. My main reason for the water jet was the middle inserts of the Burton 3D insert pattern (I've always hated that). I didn't want to remove the inserts before the cut, not to have more holes in the base than neccessary, and the carpenters I went to refured to cut through the inserts.
I'm never having a board water cut again. The cut turned out lousy, but the boards were not destroyed.
The kerf of a circular table saw is anywhere between 3 - 5 mm (0.11 - 0.2 inches) depending on the blade.