1972 Craftsman project, Opinions Welcome #9: Success! A functioning Table Saw

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 04-27-2010 12:32 AM 32181 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Spent a bit of time today doing some tweaking and setting up. I made a new piece to hold the toggle clamp out of 1/2” ply. The thinner material made the stock bolt the perfect length. The new zero clearance insert is in and I put in my trusty 50 tooth Freud thin kerf blade. A couple of hours setting everything up and it works!!! A bit of cleaning and waxing was involved today.

I ripped a short section af ash and the cut looks really nice. First project….the cabinet for under it. I just finished a sketch up of the carcass. A bunch of left overs and ends will make it, but there will be some hefty plywood in it. But, I am getting ahead of myself.

A general look at the whole thing. Fence is clamped down, ZCI is in place. I am not sure if I am going to keep the fence that long. It will stay for now though.

A closer look at the fence clamped in place with the toggle clamp. You can also see the lock nuts I used on the nylon grub screws used for adjusting the fence. The fence adjusts for parralelism to the blade and the guide face can be adjusted so it is square with the table.

A closer view of the ZCI. Made of 2 parts: 1/8” acrylic and 1/2” ply. I have a cutting board in the kitchen I am considering sacrificing to the project, and, I already bought a new board so I could. This is the best blade I have. A 50 tooth thin kerf Freud. I am thinking a new 40 tooth blade is in the works, but have you priced a woodworker ll ???

Just for fun, another overview of the saw. Once the cabinet is made it will be more comfy to use. Eventually some sanding and making pretty too.

Next installment…the cabinet….I am so glad it works, everything is tight and smooth and the saw cuts better than ever with the careful set up.

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