So I’ve been doing my research on table saws for the past couple of days. I have a lot of tools, but I have never used a table saw – just jigsaws, circular saws, miter saws. I don’t think I’ve even really seen one used before. My dad used a radial arm saw, and that was a long time ago anyway. The only thing I really knew about table saws was that ripping boards was very precarious.
First step was to download the table saw’s owner’s manual since my friend didn’t have his anymore. Then I watched a bunch of videos on youtube. There’s a great one on there that shows you how a board can get snagged and chucked right at your head. Very dramatically gets the point across.
My husband set up a “containment field” in the garage. Basically plastic sheeting separating my woodworking space from my ceramic tile studio. We have to park the cars outside temporarily. Thank goodness it is finally warming up around here – I will miss parking in the garage! I have the shop vac attached to the table saw also, so hopefully the mess won’t be too bad.
My goal for the day was to cut a piece for a sacrificial fence, make a featherboard, and then make a panel cutting sled since I will be needing to cut a lot of panels and I want them square. You’ll be pleased to hear that I did all those things and I still have all my fingers and eyes. The panel sled I did just like in a New Yankee Workshop video from youtube here:
I think it will help me a lot! It came out pretty bitchen, if I do say so myself. It is perfectly square. I should take pictures. ;)
So I think I’m about ready to start on my cabinets. I need to do some final measurements and figure out how big to make everything accounting for the depth of the dadoes and all that. And then the other thing I need to wait for is I had to order a dado insert for the saw since my friend did not have one. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get here. Oh, and I also need to set up some tables or something behind the saw.
The next entry I make should have something looking like a cabinet in it. Stay tuned! :)