Lowering a cabinet saw for use by disabled in a wheelchair......Part 2

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 05-21-2011 03:03 AM 3055 reads 0 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now we are ready to flip everything right side up and install the mobile base at the same time, so here goes….

First we size everything to fit.

It’s magic!!! In the twinkling of an eye, Oh I forgot to say Abracadabra, Presto Chango….

And we have exactly 31 inches. Just what we were shooting for.

And for our metric measuring Lumberjocks….Metrics!!!

And we still have the Grizzly medallion and the model number is till readable.

And now we get rid of the corrosion inhibitor stuff, Not much work at all. And if you look close, the old hill billy is still bare footing.

Anchor the mobile base corners, and that is done.

Now here is a little trick that makes thins go fast! Magnetic tool bars. SAFETY NOTE!!! Do NOT get a finger between the magnet and the cast iron top. It does cut and we don’t like fresh blood on a new saw. These magnetic bars are very strong.

Put your bolts in and move on to the other side.

Is this close enough for you?

And moving on…chatter chatter….shuffle….side step….spin Dennis around…...oops. Back to the blog. Dennis is going to make a dancing fool out of me too.

Just a loose fit up…..

And we’re ready for the right wing….

And we tighten things up….

DON’T LOOK…TERRIBLE INJURY.. this is for the ladies…....Only the ladies can appreciate the seriousness of this major injury.

And the right wing is on!

And we just move right along. I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Adjusting the rails for the fence. Man every body ought to have these magnetic bars.

And adjusting the back side of the fence.

We check the back side of the blade for alignment.

OK. NOW I”M UP SET! .003 out! This sucker is going back…...Do you think they will notice the shortness?

I must say that this saw was so difficult to assemble that we just noticed there was a book with lots of pretty pictures. As soon as I get the blade adjusted properly, I might look at it.

And this is my hippy supervisor, Curtis, my youngest son.

And this is the reason for the height requirements, (handsome devil, huh).

And a little non-techy accessory package to keep things handy. Yeah, I have a thing for magnets.

And this last picture is for our great lumberjock, Grizzman. Just for you Buddy.

No brag, just fact. This job was less than 4 hours start to finish. I spent more time on the blogs than working on the table saw. That is an 8 star review for Grizzly. All that is left is the receptacle for the 220 plug. Enjoy and feel free to comment with pros and cons. Rand

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 03:18 AM

well that sure went fast
looks like a factory short saw to me

great to meet you curtis
i know your pop is proud
thank you

i noticed mike in his white coveralls too rand
say hi for me will you

better get with the girls
they can probably
fix you up
with a glue on
finger nail too

then you’ll be really styling
for the dance

well done brother

-- 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 05-21-2011 03:36 AM

now those were both great blogs and i must say the work crew did a marvelous job…i still think my termites would have done the job…although they have gotten into other things while on the job…i wondered where my box of donuts went too,,,great job rand…and thanks so much for the last picture…that’s a great plaque they put on there…three cheers for grizzly and there great machines…and one stand up and applause for rand and his great instructional guide for lowering a saw that will help others in wheel chairs…....hoo rah hoo rah…great job….and i think a very fitting end to a wonderful vet…semper fi…..buddy….....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 04:04 AM

I checked with a distributor for General International out of Canada. They have their Access line just for the disabled. A 3 hp table saw comparable to what I now have was $3,900.00. I must admit they have theirs down to 29 inches, which I could and still can get is I want to move the dust chute inside and have to repaint where the welding burns everything. The 31 inches is acceptable to me. Maybe not others. But I used to be 6’4” and now I’m 4’6”. lol But I still have a long body that gets me up for this height.
If this job was done in the manufacturing process, there would have been no more than an increase of $50.00. All that is needed is to raise the dust collection door 1 1/2 inches and leave the 4 inch base off.
Oh well, just my opinion.

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 04:13 AM

Unreal. Youse guys are fantastic. Frankly, I would have never even thought of lowering the saw.

Well, you enjoy that saw, while I drool…......


Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 04:16 AM

Watch it there Jim, That’s a new cast iron top you’re messing up. lol Take that coffee in by the computer, not in my shop! lol

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 04:17 AM

Wow, great job, I know you will like the TS

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

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 04:27 AM

That’s really impressive Rand. You made it look easy (I’m sure it wasn’t). Sad that Grizzly would boost the price so much for just a shorter cabinet. Impressive to read and see how you made the most of what you have.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 04:28 AM

Nice job. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get the job done.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#9 posted 05-21-2011 10:54 AM

Using the magnetic tool bars is Genius!
I was cursing like a sailor when I put the wings on my saw.

Congrats on the new saw. She’s a keeper.

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#10 posted 05-21-2011 01:16 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen these magnetic tool bars, but you can bet I’m going to look for some. I have a thing for magnets too. I love speaker magnets and grab them every chance I get. I don’t know about you but my love of magnets started when I realized that I’m real good at dropping odd sized screws and such that are hard to replace into things like piles of sawdust.


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#11 posted 05-21-2011 01:24 PM

Way to go.
You are one lucky man, with a brand new saw and sond to help.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 05-21-2011 02:31 PM

have fun with it it is time you got it you want it for a long time

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#13 posted 05-21-2011 03:51 PM

Thank´s for the Dance Rand :-)
but you need to make a note to youself : remember to put a nailfile in the first aid kit
hello Curtis good to see you helped the young man :-)
it has been a pleassurre to follow your great picturebook toturial Rand
once again you show that short comment and pictures is better than a book full of words
I just sit here with my coffee and think about all the money I spend on chips , popcorn and chocolate
with out reason ….......way toooo quick ….......had expected at least a 10 episode soap serie …. :-(
even though the last picture was a nice gestus I still consider if this shuoldn´t be flagged ….
the toturial is far better than any commercial I have seen from any company ….......sure you ain´t
got the saw free for doing this …....... LOL

thank´s Randy for sharing this just the right medicin to start the day with …to see a succes
congrat´s with your new toy :-)

take care

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#14 posted 05-21-2011 04:04 PM


i hope to see


by the first board

-- 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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#15 posted 05-21-2011 04:17 PM

yah it seems to me he has overcome the sliding moves to the right
and i´m sure he will refine it and suprice us David :-)

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