So today my uncle brought over a small benchtop tablesaw for me to use in making the small projects that I’ve been eyeing. Specifically, I made an end grain cutting board out of hard maple. It took me one pass of the saw to realize that the quality of your tools SEVERELY affects the outcome of any project. I’m very grateful that my uncle was kind enough to find a tablesaw for me to use but this makes me appreciate good equipment even more. The saw is 3hp and had quite a time trying to cut through the maple. I ripped 1-1/2” thick pieces 20” long and every pass the overload circuit breaker popped because it couldn’t handle the stress. I finally got through all the strips to glue them up but they were slightly warped in the process, I’m guessing because of the heat generated in the process. My crosscut sled was a little wobbly as well, so that also didn’t help. The end product was a glue up that was definitely not straight and will need a lot of planing. I have a newfound respect for quality machinery.
|Blog entry by RJH311||posted 02-03-2012 02:09 AM||1163 reads||0 times favorited||7 comments|