Tools R Us #2: Table saw eureka!

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 11-17-2012 03:52 AM 1423 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve decided that my next project is going to be a stand for my 13” “portable” planer. The sucker weighs a ton and once it’s on the cart, I hope I never have to lift it again! The plan I’m using calls for 3/4 ” ply which brought me back to my table saw. Of the tools I own, the TS is the one that causes me the most angst.

Until now, I could never figure out the numbers on the fence rail. It seems like a basic thing, but it just didn’t click! I’d have the fence set at 6” and the distance to the blade wasn’t even close. Rather than patiently figuring it out, I gave up on it all together and would just measure the distance with a measuring tape. It was another reason why I didn’t particularly like using the table saw.

Tonight I had a few golden hours to myself, so I went out to the garage and set up to cut the plywood. Once the saw was ready, I stood looking at the fence rail. Suddenly the clouds parted and it all made sense. I had the table extension partly out, and then was moving the fence into the position. By doing that, neither sets of the numbers meant anything. So I pushed the table extension all the way back in and lo and behold the numbers on the fence scale matched the measurement to the blade. (Cue alleluia chorus)

I started cutting the plywood pieces using the fence rail measurements and wonders of wonders, I ended up with exact dimensions. Who woulda thunk?

Now maybe someday, I’ll be able to figure out why people watch Nascar.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 04:07 AM

a celestial moment for sure sandra

glad you got that worked out
do check it occasionally
as things do get banged around some

i always thought everyone
was hoping the numbers on the cars
would be like in sesame street
all lined up correctly
so they could learn to count

our generation didn’t have that aid then lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 04:10 AM

I think NASCAR is one of those sports that is great live but doesn’t translate to television very well. We’ve al all had “dense moments” in the shop. Have fun.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 11:28 AM

You need some of these folks in your shop.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 02:53 PM

Except instead of saying “Hallelujah”, they should be saying, “Reeeaaaad instructions. Read instructions. Read instructions. Read instruuuuuuuctions”. ;D

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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