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#1 posted 12-13-2018 06:36 AM

Hey, I saw the outcome in your thread about finishing. Great work! My fist project was an open lidded box. It… kind of held stuff if it wasn’t too heavy lol. Yours looks fantastic.

I find bevel cuts to be difficult. I have a contractor saw that is aligned to within a few thousandths of an inch as well, at 90 degrees. As I tilt the blade down, it slowly moves out of alignment until it’s off by almost a 16th at 45 degrees. Every bevel cut I make past about 22.5 degrees gets scorched. It’s borderline unsafe so I just don’t do it anymore. I have plans to rebuild my saw this summer to take care of it. Perhaps you have an alignment issue when the blade is tilted that isn’t present at 90.

Also, as you tilt the blade, you are increasing the volume of the cut and the saw needs to work harder for a through cut on the same material. If the saw gets bogged down your cut quality degrades too. If the wood has any tension in it at all it can put pressure on the blade and burn (e.g. you rip a straight board that yields two crooked halves) – that would be the wood’s fault. If you cut too slow it can burn, but if you’re borderline bogging down the saw on a slowish cut there’s not much you can do with feed rate. Don’t ram it through but dont dawdle either. A nice smooth cut letting the saw do its job is best. Takes a little practice but by project #2 you’ll get it :)

But, it appears you are already learning the most important trait in woodworking – fixing and hiding your mistakes :). Your finished piece looks great. Doesn’t matter how you got there.

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