I recently made a couple small changes to my trusty table saw and they made a huge difference. I added a strip of sandpaper to my miter gauge and that made all the difference in the world for cross cuts. I had added a 30” piece of extruded aluminum to extend my miter and that was working well except it was difficult to hold pieces still while cutting a 45 deg angle. But with the sandpaper on it I can cut a perfect angle that is straight and glueable for making picture frames. The other upgrade is a zero clearance insert for the saw. This was purchased through Eagle America and is made in the USA by Leecraft. The quality is unbeatable and I am really impressed with the fit. I could have made one myself since I’m a machinist, but someone else has already spent the time to engineer it and make if function right, so its well worth the $25. If you don’t have either one of these upgrades for your table saw, Shut your computer off and DO IT NOW. I am planning on making a small splitter like the one in the last pic to add
to the insert. That is one from Eagle, but I think I will machine mine from aluminum.
On a side note, something funny happened last weekend. My wife is starting in-home childcare at our house and was interviewing a family for an opening. She was going over all her policies and rules and procedures with the couple and thier small child. I was outside with our son while they were talking. The wife was asking questions and then asked her husband if he had any questions or concerns. He said “Yes, Does your husband make all this furniture?”.
Nothing about the childcare, but was more interested in the furniture. I can tell him and I will get along just fine! It feels great to be able to make whatever I want for my home. My wife says she sometimes forgets that not everyone can have things exactly the way they want it, like our baby gates for example. I help people with projects all the time, but I’m so self sufficient no one knows how to return the favor. I can machine anything, make anything out of wood, repair my own vehicles( just put a new engine and tranny in my truck), and do any needed repairs to the house. I think the key is not being scared to try something new and learn a new skill.
-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.coloradobeetlekillfurniture.com