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Blog entry by muleskinner posted 01-18-2012 12:19 AM 5488 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I scored this table saw a couple months ago as a token of appreciation for helping out a friend. It replaces a table saw that was unworthy of that classification. I’ve gotten by for many years with a RAS as my centerpiece woodshop tool. Built a garage, added a wing to the house, fabricated cabinets, etc., with it. I was not unaware of its limitations. Precision for one thing. Ripping for another. Plus pulling a whirling saw blade toward yourself just seems counterintuitive.

I picked up a small table saw at a garage sale a couple of years ago for $50. It wasn’t the most regrettable 50 bucks I ever spent but only because the more regrettable occasions eventually involved doses of penicillin. It mostly served as a convenient flat surface for collecting clutter.

So anyway, I acquired this Grizzly table saw. It’s nothing fancy. but it’s solid. 40” of cast iron table; 34” of nice owner constructed table extension; smooth, sturdy, precise fence with 50” on the right side and 24” on the left; 2hp 110/220v motor; t-slot miter guides. I figure it will do me until something better comes along.

Being that my experience with tables saw was limited, I thought I’d take advantage of the vast accumulation of knowledge here. In a forum post I asked for advice on the essential accessories. The only good advice I got was to buy more wood.

Undaunted, I perused the forums, blogs and projects. After seeing all the finger joint jigs, spine jigs, kerf jigs, featherboads, crosscut sleds, miter sleds, zero clearance inserts, gauges and geeqaws I realized outfitting this thing was going to be equivalent to assembling a layette for your first born. Screw it, I decided, I’ll just follow the only good advice I got. Gathered up a bunch of wood and start cutting it up.

This is a sample of what came of that exercise.

Oh… and while I was playing with my new toy I threw together a cupboard for the laundry closet.

My wife still thinks that was my primary objective.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 12:26 AM

A table saw will open lots of doors for you. Enjoy !

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 12:58 AM

Sweet Grizzly! I waited patiently for over a year and a half for my Grizzly. I’ve learned that when you wait patiently for what you want, when you finally get it, you tend to treat it with a bit more respect and gratitude. Oh yeah, you’re blessed to have power running to it…long story. I’ll keep posted to see your modifications (I hear it’s just a matter of time before those come).

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 01:03 AM

Buying more wood is always good advice : )

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