Interesting Weekend To Say The Least

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Blog entry by GreenNewbie posted 03-15-2011 03:38 PM 1067 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It sure was an intersting weekend. I was in the middle of cutting up the pieces for the project I was working on (2 of Woodsmith Shop’s Pegboard Units) and got them cut to length. I then took them over to the table saw and prepared to cut them to width. Funny thing happened when I pulled the switch …


I totally freaked out. I started pouring through the instruction manual for my saw and nothing worked. I then tried to call the customer help line and they are only open during business hours on the work week. So, I then called my dad for some advice. He walked me though testing the switch and found out that the switch was dead. So, in the mean time, I put a piece of copper between the two terminals to hard wire the unit. I then used a power strip to turn the unit on and off (didn’t want to take the time to wire a new switch in while I’m in the middle of this project). It worked like a charm!!! Whew!!!

Once I finish this project, I will add a regular household switch to the front of the saw to replace the existing one. A little ghetto, but hey, I’m cheap :)

Well, I was able to get the 2 cases assembled. I wanted to fully complete the cases and just have the doors and storage bin rack to do, but I have to be happy with what I got done. Next step is to add the pegboard backing and the nailing cleats.

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 05:24 PM

Well not as interesting as my weekend, ah not really I didn’t do much, nice and relaxing. Nothing worse than when a tool dies on you. Your whole world almost ended, ;~0. Well at least you got some work done and moved on from the emotional trauma. I would splurge on a Heavy Duty switch though, don’t be too cheep when safety is concerned.

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 01:39 AM

I agree with wseand. Get the heavy swith and get one that breaks both legs of the circuit. It will have 4 screws for the wiring. It will break the hot and the neutral. If you use a regular light switch you will run the risk of an electrical shock if you happen to lose the neutral leg. You would or could become the ground and OUCH!!! or worse. be safe

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