A couple years ago I bought a brand new Jet table saw. It is really great except it is right tilt. At the time I thought it really didn’t matter, just change a few ways of working and it would be fine. I mean, there are thousands of them out there. It is dandy to not have to change the scale when I change the blade. I moved the miter gauge to the right side of the blade. I learned to jump the fence over the blade to cut 45’s. I built sleds and fixed the tenon jig for right handed cuts. I guess I always suspected that that right handed cut would come around to bite me in the butt some day but really thought I’d gotten around it.
Well, yesterday was the day. I was building the face frame for a corner kitchen cabinet. You know , the one with the lazy susan and the angle across the front. The cut list called for stiles that were 30 inchs long and 2 1/4 wide ripped at a 45 degree angle. I always build with a 1/4 inch over on face frame. I built the face frame and held it up to the cabinet. Even allowing for the plywood which was not a full 3/4 inch, I had way too much over hang. When I measured the stiles, they came out at 2 1/2 inch!! OOPS! No biggy, measure 2 1/4 and mark a 45. set the saw up and re-rip them. No dice! Not enough room on the left side of the blade. I clamped a piece of 1/2 inch plywood on the rip fence and attempted to go under the blade a little at a time, no good either. I also tried to use the 45 bit in the router table, nope. I built another face frame and that one can join the other boo-boo’s in the shop which include half of a full carved saddle seat that grew another size while I stamped it, a drawer going the wrong way and assorted other fun things to look at. I tend to nail these mis-comboobleations on the wall as a warning to any more of them that come around. sort of like hanging dead coyotes on the fence as a warning. It doesn’t work with the coyotes either.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon