My first projects #2: Making my tools usable

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Blog entry by DanBman posted 09-25-2018 12:26 AM 574 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I got a bit of time to do some woodworking today so I spent the first hour doing what all modern men do before diving in… I watched YouTube videos. Then I went down to my garage shop and I dove in.

First, I decided to fix my fence issue. I took it apart and looked at how it works… A rod through the middle of a hollow aluminum channel is supposed to tighten both ends but nothing makes it sit square so the fence just sucks. I mounted a piece of hardwood to the side so it’s flat and moved on. I started cutting pieces to slide in the channels but quickly decided I need a better pushing device.

The picture is my final temporary assembly. After that I managed to sneak up on the correct width of hardwood using my planer. After I was happy with the width, I cut slices with the table saw and again smoothed them out with the planer. Now I have four blanks that slide well without play in the grooves. Next will be a crosscut sled.

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 02:45 AM

Are you having trouble with the fence being square? Fences generally square themselves by having two parallel bars, one at each end of the fence, which keeps it square. When I say bars, it means something that acts as a bar. My Delta T-square fence has a hook at one end and a l-bar at the other. I imagine, that your fence should have something similar.

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 03:09 AM

Yes, it has a tee where it locks in place that runs in a track and a hook at the other end. There is nothing that keeps the hook square to the table and the tee has too much play. It’s just a poor design. I check it every time I adjust it until I build a new table

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 08:03 PM


-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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