Mini-table saw

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by jon-monon, Feb 29, 2004.

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    Homier ehh?? I'll have to wait for the next Homier show to come into town then i might just buy it. :D :D
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    saw review

    So Jon how's the saw work, cut up any more vases 'cause I'm waiting for it to get sent.:D You and Shamus don't toooooooooooomuch scratchbuilding so I should be able to cut your stuff in no time NOT:eek:
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    Jon probally lost all his typing fingers "trying it out" FRED:confused:
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    Re: saw review

    Still recovering from the beating from that last vase! I hope to try my hand at some scale lunber Monday or Tuesday night, my next modeling nights ;)

    I'm sure it will work better than the old 10" saw I was using, because this one accepts the smaller blade and the motor has a good bearing. When it comes down to it, teh bearing (and the blade) is what makes the saw. With the old saw, I had to tilt it to get the 3" blade to protrude :curse: and the bearing is shot :curse:
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    I got to cut some lumber tonight and the saw works great! Here are the modifications to get it to work.

    After raising the blade to the proper height, the table did not seem all that stable, so I placed a dowel between it and the motor

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    Then I pressed down on the table tp clamp the dowel in place and tightened the blade adjustment set screw

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    I next cut a slot into a sheet of styrene, just a hair larger than the blade. I did this by lowering the sheet onto a running blade. You should find a safer way.

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    Next we add the fence. If you use a different saw and want to use it's own fence, you want to make sure the thin basswood won't slip under it. Larger table saw fences I've used wom't work, and this saw didn't have a fence, so I use angle iron.

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    It's just "C" clamped in place. I just eyeball it for now, and make a cut and adjust as needed.

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    I didn't set the little saw on the big saw to make fun of it, it was just convenient :D Next we add a guide that keeps the wood down flat on the table without getting our fingers too close to the blade. A metal block works well, but you could even use wood. I set the height as low as I can and still let the wood slip under easily. If you skip this step, it will work, but this makes the cutting easier, safer and much faster. just clamp it to the angle iron.

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    I just used two pieces of 1/32" basswood under it to set the height.

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    jon-monon Active Member

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    And the fun begins!

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    :D

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    WOW !!! Now that's a heck of a find !!!! :D :D

    (( Uuummmm - and I could use a whackage of 4x6's for my pallet company )) :D
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    Please remember not to jam you fingers into the blade, as the warning label implies ;)

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  17. philip

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    precise woodworking

    I see dial calipers! How thin can you go?
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    How thin do you want? :D :D :D

    The old table saw did 1/16" wide cuts on 1/32" thick basswood, no problem. The new one has a better blade, and I immagine I could cut 1/32" wide if I tried. So far only cut 1/8" cuts as we seem to have a basswood shortage here at The Knobb :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I have a habit of using calipers for most measurements, except when I am using a scale ruler. They are just so handy, and nowadays you can get a decent pair for $15, so you don't have to pamper them too much. I compared this $15 Chinese set to a several hundred $$$ digital set with half thousanth resolution, and I was able to call out identical measurements that the owner of the expensive set called out. 10 years ago, you needed $100 for a mechanical one.
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    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Cutting the slot

    Can you raise and lower the blade on this machine? If yes, that is a safer way to cut through the styrene top sheet - just slowly raise the blade through it.

    Also, did you consider a featherboard(s) to keep the piece being cut against the fence and/or deck?

    Great review, by the way! Thanks... :)

    Andrew
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    Thanks Andrew. The table is adjusted to get the blade height, but I did use that method on other saws.