I’ve decided that my next project is going to be a stand for my 13” “portable” planer. The sucker weighs a ton and once it’s on the cart, I hope I never have to lift it again! The plan I’m using calls for 3/4 ” ply which brought me back to my table saw. Of the tools I own, the TS is the one that causes me the most angst.
Until now, I could never figure out the numbers on the fence rail. It seems like a basic thing, but it just didn’t click! I’d have the fence set at 6” and the distance to the blade wasn’t even close. Rather than patiently figuring it out, I gave up on it all together and would just measure the distance with a measuring tape. It was another reason why I didn’t particularly like using the table saw.
Tonight I had a few golden hours to myself, so I went out to the garage and set up to cut the plywood. Once the saw was ready, I stood looking at the fence rail. Suddenly the clouds parted and it all made sense. I had the table extension partly out, and then was moving the fence into the position. By doing that, neither sets of the numbers meant anything. So I pushed the table extension all the way back in and lo and behold the numbers on the fence scale matched the measurement to the blade. (Cue alleluia chorus)
I started cutting the plywood pieces using the fence rail measurements and wonders of wonders, I ended up with exact dimensions. Who woulda thunk?
Now maybe someday, I’ll be able to figure out why people watch Nascar.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.