New base for an old Porter Cable Circular Saw #1: Part 1 - ready for setup

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 10-03-2009 12:15 AM 1608 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of New base for an old Porter Cable Circular Saw series Part 2: Overall, it will do »

Right hand side
Left hand side
The underside

I not certain that this qualifies for a “project” but it’s been raining here for the last two days (on vacation not withstanding!) so I had to do something.

The base started from a 12×12 blank of 1/8” hardboard and trimmed down to final size of 12×11-1/16. I made the base a lot wider on the left hand side so that I can use the saw with my good hand (left hand). The way is was before, the motor would hit the clamps holding the fence, no longer!

I won’t get into the whole back story, that can be found here: but the idea is that the front 1/4-20 bolts act as a pivot point and you swing the rear of the fence in or out to square the sides with the blade. The rear holes are drilled over sized in the fence, 1/2”, to allow 1/8” adjustment each way from center.

I’ve got the blade guard clamped up out of the way so that getting it all square is a little easier. I’ll stick a rule to the blade with a magnet and use that so that I can get out to the ends where measuring will be easier. I’m not sure if I’ll need to add any laminate to the bottom (I hope note) but a few cuts will tell.

Once I get the saw setup, I’ll clamp it down and carefully lower the saw through the base thus ending with a zero clearance base. Not so sure about this, this has me a bit nervous.


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