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Table Saw

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Fireball, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:27 AM
    timgr

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    Thanks to both, good point. Included "sliding" in my search. Here's the Makita offering that slides:
    https://www.amazon.com/Makita-LS0815F-Slide-Compound-Miter/dp/B00KXVBP6O/ref=sr_1_19

    Credit card bill was a little too high this time, so I should hold off for a month or two. Definitely on the list though. I have some projects in mind.
     
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  2. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:38 AM
    ITLKSEZ

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    Another note... the direct drive machines are all but worthless for right-handed bevel cuts (motor hits the workpiece), and the ones where the motor is on a 45° angle, the bevel gear becomes unbelievably noisy over time. Like - loud through earmuffs - loud. Your best bet is to find one with the motor above the saw with a belt drive. Smooth and quiet operation.
     
  3. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:48 AM
    timgr

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    Under what circumstances can you not reverse the work and bevel to the left? Seems this would be more mental exercise, but do-able. I would expect all these affordable machines have some compromise to keep the cost down. Must still be useful, given their popularity.
     
  4. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    ITLKSEZ

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    Tear-out is the biggest issue. The face of the cut would become the back of the cut and get splintery.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:10 AM
    timgr

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    Hmm. Maybe you could do something sneaky like use a finer toothed blade or cover the piece with masking tape. This would slow me down, but it's my time to spend.
    I have this blade for my table saw - which I swap in when I need it. May not be in the best shape, since I use it to cut G10 too.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:40 AM
    Fireball

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    That's where I've been with a sliding saw. I'd sure like one, but can't really justify it while my current one works. My guess is the old beater 10" craftsman saw will out last me.

    For wider boards, I've gotten good at flipping them over and very carefully lining them up to finish the cut.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:48 AM
    Fireball

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    I have to say I have a healthy fear of the table saw. I use the guards and anti kick-back device whenever I can and I don't put my fingers within 8 inches of the blade.

    Notching things with the bare blade it sticking up through the table scares me the most.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2020 at 1:17 PM
    timgr

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    Yeah. I grew up with a table saw in my Dad's shop. It's a great tool, but scary dangerous. You need to think about your distance from the blade, but also about your balance. If the piece moves suddenly or you stumble, don't be positioned to fall toward the blade. Think twice, cut once. Also, as an amateur you have the luxury of going slowly. The pros don't have this problem though: one cocktail in the evening and I'm done for the day... at least with using dangerous tools.
     
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  9. Jun 30, 2020 at 1:26 PM
    PeteL

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    Sometimes it depends which face you need to measure and mark from. Plus I often slightly over-cut the bevel to make the visible face fit snug. Dual bevel is essential to my easily confused mind.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2020 at 1:30 PM
    PeteL

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    Quite rightly.
     
  11. Jul 2, 2020 at 7:08 PM
    mortten

    mortten I can’t put my finger on it

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    I always believed I would lose at least part of a finger on a table saw. Not because of carelessness, just a notion. But then I had other ideas that involved a moment of carelessness. :)
     

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