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Lamps for the living room #1: Decent Start

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 03-22-2013 01:27 AM 1010 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been building some lamps for the Living room. I discovered an issue. My small miter saw used to be as accurate as anything else I could manage. I didn’t realize that the fence had warped until I started assembling. My 45 angles wer more like 45.75. It threw a wrench in things and gave me a little firewood but I recovered most of the cuts. I’m ready to move on.

I was able to straigten the fence on the small saw but now I’m marking my cuts and disregardng the presets. Here is what I have so far.

So far these are the 4 sides. They are rough sanded to 150. I’m going to join them at the corners with a piece of trim and avoid joining long mitered corners.

Thanks for looking.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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Robb

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 05:21 AM

Mark, I always love to see what you’re up to, here, and on the refurbers site. I wish I was nearly as productive as you are.

-- Robb

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GrandpaLen

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 12:03 PM

Mornin’ Mark,

It may just be time for you to build a Table Saw Sled for your 45 degree mitered edges. Build a regular sled, set your TS blade to 45 degrees and make your kerf in the sled, then cut your mating surfaces on opposite sides of the blade.
You said your angle was more like 45.75 degrees, with that in mind, the other side of your blade would have measured 44.25 degrees. ...soooo 45.75 + 44.25 = 90 degrees, oh look, your back to a 90 degree corner. :-)

Work Safely and have Fun building your Sled.

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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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 12:29 PM

Thank you Rob. That is a very kind comment.

Len, agreed with the sled. As a mater of fact I totally agree with that but it would not have been quite so simple on this project. Each cut was a compound cut. 10 degree bevel by 45 degree.

I over simplified the effect of the warped fence. A longer piece would catch the fence at both ends, 45 degrees. Shorter cuts that partially caught the opposite fence had a more pronounced angle. When a cut didn’t catch the opposite side of the fence, got the the most pronounced angle.

I could have caught the errors if I hadn’t pulled a bone headed move and trusted the little saw. It had always been spot on before. It’s still a learning curve for me. Thank you very much for hanging with me and patiently teaching me.

Mark.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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GrandpaLen

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 12:58 PM

Ha!

”if I hadn’t pulled a bone headed move” …been there done that, got the T-shirt, and the “oh crap” cuts, and I venture to say we all have.

I’ve built numerous jigs over the years, some can be reused in future projects and still hang on the shop walls, some get rebuilt/repurposed for other tasks. Regardless the use of jigs or not, the precise settings are the key to great results, as you have stated.

You are producing great designs and solid projects, keep on learning and stay safe.

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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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 11:51 AM

That a neat way to make them, Mark. Thanks for sharing…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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