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Project by Andy123 posted 08-31-2011 10:43 PM 6359 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So there I was….sorry, all good stories start out like this. So there I was….sitting at home watching TV and my wife was on the phone with her dad. She turns to me and says hey do you want a new table saw still in the box. I had an okay saw (craftsman) and I did not want to become the owner of a new cheap piece of crap.
She asks her dad what kind it was….I’m waiting with bated breath. My wife replied with “Jet?” with a confused look on her face. I quickly say yes and thank you!

(My father-in-law bought the saw from a big box store on a whim, because it was on sale. He did not have any space for it so, still in the box, it went into a storage locker for about a year.)

I pickup the table saw from storage and take it back to my house. It was still sealed in the box, so I knew I was in for several hours of assembly. I cleared a space put the “do not disturb” sign on the shop door. I carefully followed the directions and assembled the table saw. I plug it in after several hours of work and turn it on. “POP” the lights go out. WHO IN THE WORLD WIRES SHOP WALL OUTLETS INTO THE LIGHTS (not me if that was what you were thinking, I bought the house about a year before.) I go flip the breaker and turn off the lights, open the garage door, and try the table saw again. With the same result. Eventually the table saw gets burred under shop equipment, and I continue using the craftsman saw. Well today I got a hair…well where people get hairs, and dug out the saw and tried it again. (I did some wiring several months before for a remodel but forgot about the table saw.)

I dragged the table out of it’s cluttery purgatory and dusted it off. I pulled out the miter slide and placed it on 90 deg and made a cross cut. I flipped the waste piece over and mated it to the big piece and there were no gaps in the wood! There is a light surface rust on the table, but that will be cleaned up soon. Now I am going to make some boxes.

Have a good day,


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 11:13 PM

Congratulations. You can’t beat the price!


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#2 posted 08-31-2011 11:13 PM

some people have all the luck..What a great find realize now your father in law has given you 2 great gifts ..his daughter and now a nice saw ..I’d say he might be expecting a little something extra come Christmas time…

-- Ray,VA

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 01:29 AM

congrat´s you aspire to bee this weeks sucker ….. :-)

now fix your outlets and make him and his wife some very nice gift´s
I think they deserve it now …. lol


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#4 posted 09-01-2011 05:53 AM

You are lucky . Thanks KIEFER

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 05:59 AM

great gift

i’m guessing you wired a better circuit
or was there a wire crossed in the switch

-- 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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Jeremy Greiner

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 06:31 AM

I had the same problem in my garage, first time I tried to do a rip cut on a 2×4 I popped the breaker and the lights went out, it was crazy I agree who wires like that? lazy contractors that’s who

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 04:52 PM

Congratulations on the FREE saw! Nothing like FREE for something you really want.

I did my own wiring in my shop and made two separate circuits, one for lights and one for tools just for the reason you mentioned above. There is nothing darker than a basement workshop with the lights off!

And, like you, I have a new FREE table saw arriving that is on the truck as I am writing this. I won the $4,000 Hammer K3 48” x 48” table saw drawing by Hammer Woodworking USA that ended a month ago. Here is a link to the saw: The saw should be here the first of next week.


-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 06:48 PM

Congrats Planeman! That is a serious piece of machinery.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#9 posted 09-04-2011 03:50 AM

Nice score!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 09-04-2011 11:46 AM

Nice nice and nice.
My garage wall outlet is also wired with the lighting in the garage.
Glad I finally moved out of the garage an into a stand alone shop.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 09-16-2011 08:13 PM

It’s never nice to gloat, but what the heck! Gloat! You deserve it. What a great deal for you!

-- garyjs

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#12 posted 09-24-2011 10:39 PM

Congrats, you cant beat that since it was free.

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#13 posted 10-08-2011 06:27 AM

Nice one Andy. Enjoy it. And put it to work… You too Planeman.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 11-15-2011 05:09 AM

Sounds like we are in the same boat. My father in law bought a Jet JT10DD a bunch of years ago and never opened it due to his passing. My wife always talked about her father having a nice table saw but honestly I have seen their garage and was never impressed. When I discoverd that his “nice” table saw was a brand new, never opened Jet, I was blown away. Now when the wife wants to “visit” her mom, I am more than happy to go…and of course see what other treasures may be lurking in that garage. Can’t wait to post more, Thanksgiving is coming!!!

-- "Primum non nocere"-- Hippocrates

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