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BalsaWood

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#1 posted 02-13-2019 10:30 PM



Thank you all for the advice. I ended up using the screws themselves to wrap the wire, tinned them, then screwed them in. I’m very happy with the solid connection.

Not normally a problem. Twist the wire tightly and maintain the twist while forming the hook.

Alternately, you may be able to use a crimp on tab.

What kind of fence does the saw have? If it has a single handle sticking out the front that you screw to tighten, get rid of it IMMEDIATELY. They will not hold their settings and are extremely unsafe, especially for a newbie.

The best way to go is build your own fence. Aftermarket fences will cost way more than the saw is worth.

John Heisz has a good DIY table saw fence check it out.

- rwe2156

The saw came with a fence and the prev. owner had attached wood to both sides of the fence. The knob on the front is to engage the gear for adjusting the fence position. To tighten there is a lever with some sort of rod spring mechanism attached to the other end. What do you think about this? I don’t like the fence, it doesn’t seem to have aged well to be square.

As I mentioned, I am trying to pay as much due diligence as possible when it comes to safety. The saw does not have a blade guard, anti-kickback knives, or a riving knife. Online parts from Sears (I guess they owned craftsman) returned unavailability for the blade guard mechanism for this machine, and when I look for knives on Amazon, all I see are results for zero clearance inserts, or riving knives that look specific to newer machines.

Some of the experienced woodworkers I see online are not using these mechanisms. Is that because they are experienced and know how to avoid accidents that these safeguards prevent?

- Nuvigil

Some of the older table saws have really crappy bladeguards and splitters that got in the way at times times so a lot of people end up removing them. Modern saws do a better job with the safety features. You can use the saw without the guards and riving knife \ splitter safely as well as long as you do things properly- use push sticks or push blocks, don’t try ripping any wood that is really stressed or badly warped, avoid standing in some award position, do not stand directly behind the blade, don’t do freehand cuts, etc…..

You can also use magnetic featherboards, jigs, etc… to help make things safer as well. If I were to purchase another table saw, I’d get one with a riving knife as I think those are the best thing to prevent kickback.


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