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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 08:59 PM

I’m keeping the arms symmetric (same length above and below the stretcher), so tensioning should be the same. I expect I could lighten up the wood more due to the shorter level-arms, but I left it pretty close to the one with the 12” cheeks (5” from stretcher to blade or tensioning line, compared to 2.5” on this one with 7” cheeks).

Yeah, a decrease in cut depth will happen, but it’s a turning saw. Don’t think I’ll find myself in the middle of a large board all too often…

Got the epoxy curing on the handles now. I’ll hopefully get a chance to test-drive it tomorrow evening.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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