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Buck27

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09-25-2019 05:44 PM

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Good afternoon all, My name is Josh and I have just started my new journey into the woodworking community. I have always dabbled a little bit in making a few things here and there but nothing was ever correct or to the right dimensions so I figured why not dive into it and really learn a craft.

Additionally I was able to pick up a Delta 10” Contractor Table Saw with a Delta Precision Fence system on it for 125 bucks. I thought this was a good deal even realizing that it is an older model. Model number is 36-640 with a rear mounted motor and pulley system.

I wanted to know if you guys had any suggestions on how to make this saw better in any way or upgrade it some here or there. I plan to eventually try to mount this thing to a table and have additional work space availability. I can post some photos once I figure out how to do so.

-- Josh, Alabama


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Madmark2

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#1 posted 09-25-2019 05:55 PM

Welcome!

Let me teach you the woodworkers secret sign. Raise both hands and twiddle fingers while repeating “I’m a woodworker and I have all TEN!”

Use your saw for a while and then we can talk about upgrading.

M

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#2 posted 09-25-2019 06:08 PM

as mad mark said use it for awhile and see where it takes you then you’ll have a good idea what you need.one thing you could do now though is invest in a good quality blade.welcome to lumber jocks and i hope you enjoy this fabulous hobby we here all love.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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cmacnaughton

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#3 posted 09-25-2019 06:29 PM

What Pottz said. A quality blade will make a world of difference. Find instructions on tuning your particular saw. I am not much further along in the woodworking journey than you, but those two things will make your life immeasurably easier, and the projects fun instead of tedious.

Oh, and read the archives here and elsewhere. If you have a question, someone with more experience has an answer.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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Buck27

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#4 posted 09-25-2019 06:32 PM

Thank you all for the kind intro, I plant to purchase a good quality assortment of blades including Dado blades soon. I tend to be one of those people who once I get into a particular thing or hobby I go pedal to the metal sort of speak. I was thinking of building a table for it and took a look at Rockler which makes a great product but dang are they proud of their stuff.

-- Josh, Alabama

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#5 posted 09-25-2019 06:37 PM

Welcome Buck27!

Another secret sign is ….......Alder

Mum’s the word

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pottz

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#6 posted 09-25-2019 06:53 PM



Welcome Buck27!

Another secret sign is ….......Alder

Mum s the word

- waho6o9


hey he hasn’t been hazed yet!!!!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Buck27

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#7 posted 09-25-2019 07:00 PM



Welcome Buck27!

Another secret sign is ….......Alder

Mum s the word

- waho6o9

I am guessing you are referring to Alder wood? which is a finer grained wood easier to form, fasten, and finish which also carries a medium price point compared to higher priced hardwoods but is also softer and dents/scratches easier. LOL

-- Josh, Alabama

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Buck27

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#8 posted 09-25-2019 07:01 PM

any input on what is a good manufacture to buy blades from? I always see the usual HD or Lowes stuff Diablo and that type of stuff but is an actually good blade for the money?

-- Josh, Alabama

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pottz

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#9 posted 09-25-2019 07:06 PM



any input on what is a good manufacture to buy blades from? I always see the usual HD or Lowes stuff Diablo and that type of stuff but is an actually good blade for the money?

- Buck27


ive used the freud diablo blades many times their good quality,also forrest makes excellent blades.another good one is tenryu blades.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 09-25-2019 07:09 PM

Greetings

First thing watch this video, and set your saw up for safety, and accuracy. It’s a good one, and it, like your saw is about a contractor style saw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxCImg3gMwY

Use the saw for a bit as suggested. Most people like to have some jigs, push sticks, and other shop made what-not. Practice making some of those, and in using it you may not need to ask us what you will want to upgrade.

Have fun, and be safe.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 09-25-2019 07:10 PM


Let me teach you the woodworkers secret sign. Raise both hands and twiddle fingers while repeating “I m a woodworker and I have all TEN!”

And the best way to keep the old digital calculator working is to understand what causes kickback and how to prevent it. Proper tuning is key, and it’s safe to assume that any used saw is not tuned. So before even turning the saw on, I would recommend doing a full blade and fence alignment and inspection of all fasteners. It will take you less time than waiting to be seen in the ER. It also looks like the saw is missing the splitter assembly. Find/make one and use it.

As for upgrades, figure out what you want to make then figure out what you need to make it. Otherwise you’ll just get sucked into making a bunch of jigs and no actual projects.

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Buck27

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#12 posted 09-25-2019 07:14 PM



Greetings

First thing watch this video, and set your saw up for safety, and accuracy. It s a good one, and it, like your saw is about a contractor style saw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxCImg3gMwY

I will definitely watch the video, thank you for the advice and link

Use the saw for a bit as suggested. Most people like to have some jigs, push sticks, and other shop made what-not. Practice making some of those, and in using it you may not need to ask us what you will want to upgrade.

Have fun, and be safe.

- therealSteveN


-- Josh, Alabama

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Buck27

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#13 posted 09-25-2019 07:16 PM


Let me teach you the woodworkers secret sign. Raise both hands and twiddle fingers while repeating “I m a woodworker and I have all TEN!”

And the best way to keep the old digital calculator working is to understand what causes kickback and how to prevent it. Proper tuning is key, and it s safe to assume that any used saw is not tuned. So before even turning the saw on, I would recommend doing a full blade and fence alignment and inspection of all fasteners. It will take you less time than waiting to be seen in the ER. It also looks like the saw is missing the splitter assembly. Find/make one and use it.

As for upgrades, figure out what you want to make then figure out what you need to make it. Otherwise you ll just get sucked into making a bunch of jigs and no actual projects.

- theart

Thank you for the insight to doing a full alignment and also, yes there is some missing stuff on the top side such as the splitter, riving knife (might be the same thing, still learning the lingo) and the see through safety thing.

-- Josh, Alabama

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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 09-25-2019 07:18 PM



any input on what is a good manufacture to buy blades from? I always see the usual HD or Lowes stuff Diablo and that type of stuff but is an actually good blade for the money?

- Buck27

Sometimes if you follow the $$$$$ you will also find the best blades. But then sometimes not.

I think the best thought on answering this is are you a person who wants to just put a blade in, and have it do all of your sawing. or are you more likely to have a stable of blades for all of the different types of blade?

I think pretty much in magazine tests, woodworker tests, and personal reporting you will most often hear that a Forrest, woodworker II is the best combo blade out there. Costs a bit, but it isn’t fluff, it has better grade, and thickness of carbide, so it could be sharpened more often, thus actually making it affordable over a long life. There are many other high end blades out these, by a number of good makers, and all get votes as the best. It’s just the WWII pretty consistently wins the vote.

Typically getting saw blades at the BORG will get you lower quality blades. For the upper end blades, specialty stores like WoodCraft, and Rockler, or buying online is what most do.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Buck27

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#15 posted 09-25-2019 07:18 PM

being this saw is older I have found it relatively hard to find parts via the internet

-- Josh, Alabama

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