Wooden Models #215: Hi Track Dozer It's time to make the blade

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-12-2018 07:19 PM 3647 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There’s some very interesting table saw set ups to get this done.
You may have noticed two different woods being used but half way through I saw That I wanted walnut tips so cut out the maple and then glued on so walnut.
I don’t back up very often but knew this would look ten times nicer. [I don’t have much walnut]
I take just a half turn of the height adjustment at a time and even less on the last pass going very slowly to cut down on saw marks, that will needed to be sanded out.

The bottom plywood is the base of my wheel making jig, so there’s table saw runners under that ply to help keep it from moving.
Just one clamp holds it in place.

I think this just may work.
It’s a tad deeper than the plans call for.

I used to build my cabinet projects with this same table saw setups.

So here’s what’s done so far.
Man that’s one wide blade, may need to shorten it a little.

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#1 posted 07-12-2018 07:30 PM

Neat jig.

I am sure there will be many others that use all or part of this idea to make other jigs too!
I bet all of L-J appreciate this, Thanks.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 07-12-2018 08:54 PM

I use this method to do some of the cove moldings I use on some Furniture. Works good but can be dangerous if you don’t use very fine cuts and the jig holds the material securely. I had a large piece of Cherry rip two teeth off a 10” Carbide blade, there was no other damage so be CAREFUL.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 07-12-2018 10:32 PM

Oldriver I think I took off around a 1/16 at a time so the saw hardly knew it had wood going over it.
As you can see I used a two fence jig.
Slow and safe wins the race!!!

It would sound like you may have hit a stone or something in the wood to bust off teeth, me thinks.
It bit down on a cherry seed and broke a tooth. 😖

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#4 posted 07-12-2018 11:39 PM

That long blade and shape could actually be a special order option for that dozer.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-12-2018 11:44 PM

john That’s so true! but if it don’t fit on a shelf some where the better half may just throw them all out and me with them!!!
Sad but very true. lol

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#6 posted 07-13-2018 02:29 AM

Wow is an understatement.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#7 posted 07-14-2018 12:45 AM

When I am making a cove cut for dozer blades(a few) I use an eighty tooth carbide blade and ONLT RAISE THE BLADE 1/16th inch per pass and have never had any problems. Not a fast job. People that need to make a cove fast need a different way. My thinking. I am not normally this long winded.

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#8 posted 07-14-2018 01:03 AM

As I used to have posted at the bottom of my comments.
“There’s a hundred way to do anything, a lot depends on the tools at hand and the experience of the user.”

All I can show is the way I have figured out how to do things and from copying what I learn around here and other sites, and hope I’m able to help others as I have been helped.
There’s always those with more patience and skill and I love to see their work and learn from it.

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#9 posted 07-23-2018 01:11 AM

The blade looks amazing Bruce..well done!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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