Shop Update #31: The saw has been turned on. Wood has been cut. It's a miracle.

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 08-28-2011 08:02 PM 1164 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: The saw saga continues... Part 31 of Shop Update series Part 32: New guide tube is on the way from Grizzly. »

Not to be completely defeated, today I mounted the rear rails on the saw, mounted the MDF-topped steel extension, and temporarily hung the power switch off the rail with some stove bolts and nuts. I had to cut off the plug from the saw to connect to my locking extension cord as well.

I popped a 50T CMT General Purpose blade on the saw and checked the parallelism of the mitre slot to the blade and it was out by about 7 thou. Easy enough to adjust on a cabinet saw (thank goodness) and now it’s under 1 thou. I put my Incra mitre guide on and fired it up. I put a scrap of 3/4” ply up the mitre gauge and pushed it through the blade.

First impressions:

Sounds downright mean

Now, this is coming from someone used to a portable jobsite saw, and this was only 3/4” ply, but I could not tell the saw was running by touch. There is zero vibration. Additionally, there was just no resistance when the wood hit the blade. The sound didn’t even change. The wood was just suddenly in two pieces.

This is not likely a big deal to most of you, but this is the first real saw I’ve ever used and holy cow what a difference.

I can’t wait to get the tube and fence on and really get to work on this thing. Despite my issues with the tube, I’m in love.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 08-28-2011 10:17 PM

WOW, I am worn out from reading your Blog. I felt the same way when I cranked up my TS Be careful though and keep your hands away from the blade it will hurt you big time faster then you can even remember what happened. Happy Wood Working.

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 10:24 PM

Thanks for all your comments Sandhill. My Gmail suddenly popped up 10 notifications so I had to check it out :D

Yes, I have a lot of respect for this saw. Oddly though, there is a feeling of confidence that goes with it as well. With my jobsite saw, everything rattled a little, you had to worry about the motor binding, etc… In this case it seems like the tool will do what you want it to without question.

I need my fingers, so I’ll remember where they are every time I make a cut.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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