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Forum topic by Nuvigil posted 03-27-2019 05:48 PM 263 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2019 05:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw dust collection wood skill

I recently restored an old Craftsman table saw, way old, 113 variety.

1.) The saw blade is on the left side of the insert slot. Does this mean I have a lefty saw? What difference does it make when doing cuts, as most of the table saw videos I’ve seen have the blade on the right side.

2.) I built a basic sled that slides along the right slot. When making a cross cut, say I want to cut a piece of 80cm, should the “resultant” (80cm) piece be on the sled side, or on the other side of the blade? Does that question make sense, or matter?

3.) I’ve set up a basic dust collection system. I’ve installed the dust hood for the table saw under the motor, attached to the cabinet. It doesn’t seem to be working great, and I suspect there are too many open areas around the saw that limit the negative static pressure. What reasonable expectations for dust collection are there? It’s hard for me to explain, but how much dust accumulates for those even with a working D.C. system?

Thank you for your time.

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#1 posted 03-27-2019 06:04 PM

Not familiar with your saw but, most have the blade centered.
My sleds span the table, using both slots for stability. In your case, I’d want the longest piece on the sled. However, when the cutoff drops, you risk it being caught by the blade. Using the miter gauge with an extended wooden face, would be safer.
It’s tough to capture all the dust from an open saw. I gave up trying.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-27-2019 06:47 PM

“Left” or “right” refer to which direction the blade tilts when you make bevel cuts. It’s important only when ripping bevels (using the fence). Your board should always be on the upper side of a tilted blade (not trapped between the fence and the blade, to avoid kick back).

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