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Blog series by Hawgnutz updated 08-14-2007 05:52 AM 3 parts 41005 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: My First Ridgid "Portable" Table Saw

04-06-2007 05:36 PM by Hawgnutz | 7 comments »

I just read Chip’s entry on table saws. They have to be the workhorse of American woodshops. My journey into what I term “decorative” woodworking started when I purchased my first table saw. It was a Craftsman – on sale – and I bought it to trim a solid door for our old house in Bisbee. (Bisbee is still full of older houses that have those old solid doors with wooden frames for the glass.) I discovered that it, also, made acceptable miter cuts for frame making. Anyway, that old Crafts...

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Part 2: Be careful when cutting Dados!!

08-10-2007 08:56 AM by Hawgnutz | 22 comments »

I have done it hundreds of times—making repetitive cuts on table saw—and I am sure you have too. But NEVER get complacent using a table saw! There I was cutting a doado in a length of soft cedar, guiding it on past the blades, when it bound up and shot back! When it did, it not only broke my newer fetherboard, propeled the board back into my truck tailgate, but it also drew the push block—with my hand—back over the spinning dado blade. Here is the board. I ...

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Part 3: How to mount an outfeed table on this??

08-14-2007 05:52 AM by Hawgnutz | 12 comments »

Here is the bad boy that almost got one or two of my fingers. (It still has a blood stain on one corner.) This picture shows the stock in the background that I was cutting dados in when I had my accident. Today, I completed three dadoes in all 20 boards, planed them to size, and then cut them to the correct final size. (Got back on the bronc that threw me!) My new (used) Ridgid planer worked like a champ, saving me hours of power sanding and hand planing! Anyway, with my “...

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