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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 01-22-2013 01:20 AM 1977 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started cutting the trim that will used to face all the frame. I made some very nice 45 degree rips. I love that Freud full kerf rip blade. I reset the saw to 90 degrees and proceeded to cut the other side (flooring). Um, my bevel slipped a few degrees and I didn’t notice it until after I ripped the other side of every board.

How did I notice you ask?

My table saw broke. Under most circumstances, I’d take it to the shop. NOT this time. It’s a $100 harbor freight special. I was thrilled when it went Kablooey! It’s a great excuse to upgrade. Now if only my TV….

This is what I’m showing for today’s blog progress.

DEAD MACHINE – Waiting for bulk trash pickup.

I searched Craigslist and found a Hitachi for $180. I thought – hey Hitachi! sounds like a great deal! I even arranged to pick it up. The guy said it was missing a bolt to attach the safety shield. I came here and started reading about the problems with this $200 brand spanking new saw. I sent the guy a text to say “NO Thank You.”

I was also about to pull the trigger on either the “job site” Rigid or Bosch. Well, you all recommended a full size shop saw with a belt drive. Fine by me. That’s what I’ll get.

I decided to start sanding the finish off the flooring instead of hurrying to buy the saw. I went through a 5 pack of belts in no time flat. That finish will dull a sanding belt in seconds. It just couldn’t be easy. I had to wrestle with dull sandpaper. When the sandpaper wouldn’t even leave a scratch, I changed it out.

My bad rips are easily repairable. I got all the finish off the cherry planks. I learned a bit about table saws. I cleaned up my Freud blade nice and spiffy. Not a loss but really about 60% of what I hoped I could do. My future projects will be a little easier with a better saw. (Really – the fence and cuttng surface is the important part for me.

Thanks for looking.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 02:15 AM

Mark,

Sorry for your Loss.

Are there any opportunities in deconstructing the table saw top and reusing the extension wings for the dead flat bases with plywood tops for a Bandsaw and or Drill Press Auxiliary Tables?
The fence and fence rails may also have a new life on either of those tables.
The switch and the associated onboard outlet may also be repurposed, say for a Router Table.

Just a thought, another ‘wink and a nod’ from Mother Nature for repurposing.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 02:46 AM

Howdy Len, Someone from Freecycle claimed the saw. I’m happy for them. No waste my friend. Thanks for being so conscious of our natural resources!

I didn’t go with a big shop saw. No room. I bought the Bosch 4100-9. So far, the honeymoon is great!

I forgot to cut my rails, spanners, stretchers or a name I can never remember. Those are the horizontal lengths. I need to do a bit more work on the TS and I’m happy to pull her out again.

I did cut all the vertical pieces though and I started to assemble the lower cabinet portion. Here is an image of some trim glue up:


It’s pretty dang tight. I need to glue 4 of these short ones for the front base of the cabinet and I need 8 long ones for the shelf supports. It’s going pretty smooth. I should have a good amout of progress tomorrow.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 01:50 AM

Howdy,

The weather was a bit humid today but plenty warm for a bit of work. All of my “ornate” pieces have been cut. I have 2 glue ups left, some tiny gaps to fill then sanding to complete. My sanding progress is kind of uneven because it depended on what I was doing.

Some 220 completed – Going to 320.
Some 150 finished
Some 80 finished
Some not even started.

Hmmm… I’m already confused….

I need more of the foot long F clamps. Rockler is having a sale. I think I’ll stock up because….

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 02:11 PM

Mark,

Do you have a 23ga. Pinner?
(see this Forum for discussions http://lumberjocks.com/topics/45563 )

Quite often our glue-ups can be clamped into place and then through the use of the pin nailer for holding while the glue sets, it frees up clamps for the next glue-up and so on…

I wouldn’t try to discourage you from increasing your clamp inventory but a Pinner with 1/2” to 1 1/4” capabilities can be had for the price of a couple of parallel clamps.

...just a thought.

Best Regards.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 02:24 PM

http://www.bowclamp.com/

Or, you can make your own cauls as well.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/12302

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 09:13 PM

waho6o9,

Thanks for sharing that site for the bowclamps, http://www.bowclamp.com/ In 50+ yrs. of woodworking and being around wood workers, I had never seen this product.
It is definately worth a closer look for laminating and panel glue-ups.

Best Regards.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 01-28-2013 11:04 PM

Len – My nailers are 18 gauge and they wont go through that wood. I’ll look into a pin nailer. The first time I had to remove a nail that didn’t hit the mark would make me swear them off.

Granted – 23 guage is really thin. I probably would never have a problem. But if it comes up short or bends sideways, I can’t use anything that would to sink the nail in. With soft woods – any old day. With this super hard stuff I’ll have to think about that one. Thank you for the kindly advice. Let me know if you feel the pin naillers would work on brazillian cherry please.

The bowclamp looks cool. You may notice that I had to put a huge amount of pressure to close up those miter gaps. Well maybe not. ;) Those Irwin’s are not made for that kind of pressure. They just more or less hold things. It’s the F clamps and C clamps that Closed up any of the gaps due to slight warping.

I can see using the bowclamp for my marketry.

Now looking at the cauls, that is more like what I was thinking for marketry. I just wonder If I can place specific pressure on one spot that is having a hard time joining together. In my picture, I’m joining 2 45 degree bevels into a really crisp point.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 12:06 AM

Mark,

I’ve used them in white and red oak, hard maple and hickory with no problem setting them below the surface.

See DavidNJ’s post #26 at the following Forum Topic.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/45320

It appears that they work well in those Hardwoods also.

...for future consideration.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 01-29-2013 03:33 AM

Thanks Len,

I’m sold my friend.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 02:30 PM

Mark,

”Let me know if you feel the pin naillers would work on brazillian cherry please.”

Here is a Hardness comparison chart, based on compression strength of Hard to Soft woods, I had in a saved file, not that it’s relative to this thread but I thought I’d pass it along to you.

‘Janka Hardness Scale’
The Janka scale rates the relative hardness of wood. Listed are some of the most popular choices in wood flooring and included some more exotic species for your reference and comparison.

http://tinytimbers.com/janka.htm

Best Regards. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 01-29-2013 02:39 PM

You’re welcome GrandpaLen.

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#12 posted 01-30-2013 06:00 AM

Len, thank you very much! I was pretty surprised to learn that the Brazilian cherry is 2x harder than white oak. That is amazing. I know that I have to predrill holes to the entire depth in order to put a screw in. I have never been able to drive a nail through it. I see the sense in ramming a needle like pin into the wood to hold the seam till the glue dries. It will definately speed up the final construction.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 02:07 AM

Bought an inexpensive pin nailer today. I also bought 4 six inch Rockler f clamps. For now I’ll use the nailer in inconspicuous spots. Once I gain confidence in it, I’ll try more exposed areas.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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