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The Tool Gathering Odessy #16: Crossed into the dark side

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 10-16-2011 12:01 AM 4257 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m terrified of table saws. Not many woodworkers will admit it, but I am. I know that, if used properly, they’re no more dangerous than any other tool…but I have ADHD and am far more likely to slip up than most folks.

Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying one.

Let me start at the beginning of my tale. You see, while I’m working out my notice, one of my co-workers is working out hers as well. Her husband is a truck driver. For the last couple of years, he has been teaching, but wasn’t really happy. He loved spending time with his wife, but hated the 9-5 grind of instructing. He somehow managed to talk his wife, my co-worker, into joining him on the road and for her to get her CDL so they could team drive.

As a result, they know they won’t be home very much and have decided to liquidate a great quantity of things they have. Two things in particular caught my eye. One was a bench top drill press and a Craftsman job site table saw. As I’m leaving the security of employment and heading towards the insecurity of self-employment, I find that I’m not so eager to spend money, but desperately want to build up more of my tool inventory for woodworking. So I made an offer on the two, and it was accepted.

$150 for the table saw and drill press. Neither are particularly new tools, which I see as kind of a good thing. I’ve used drill presses before, and while it’s only a bench top drill press, I suspect it’ll serve my needs just fine for the time being.

I did a search on the table saw prior to buying. It’s a 2.5 horsepower saw and was able to ID the particular model. It will take a 1/2” dado stack, which isn’t great but it’s more than sufficient since I don’t really envision me making a lot of dados on the table saw.

My plan is to build a rolling stand for it, and possibly look into adding on a good aftermarket fence if possible. After that, I will have a few more options on a few projects down the road. Now, I just have to be very, very careful. Now that I’m about to be a full-time newspaper man, I can’t afford to lose fingers and such :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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Brett

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 12:11 AM

Cool on the tools and breaking off to work on your own. Use push sticks and feather boards for your saw to save your digits. I am afraid of what the table saw can do but not afraid to use it. Respect for your tools is a good thing.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 12:47 AM

That’s essentially the plan. There’s still plenty of fear there, but fear isn’t something I’ve ever let stop me before so I won’t let this be the first time :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 12:52 AM

Great that you have added to your arsenal. Let me know if you want to build the rolling stand over here. I’m gonna be turning awhile in the other room, so the wood shop is vacant for a week or two. I’ve got some good drop material that might help out, too.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Arminius

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 01:04 AM

Most users should have more fear of the tablesaw than they do, no bad thing to treat them with wary respect.

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 01:44 AM

@David: I might just do that. I still need to try and get with you about an estimate on actually building my shop though :)

@Arminus: Very true. I suspect if most people stayed as scared of them as I am right now, then we would have much fewer incidents with the beasts. Just my impressions anyways.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 02:42 AM

When I was young( many moons ago) I would watch my grandfather work in his shop and he taught me to respect all the power tools and you will not be afraid to use them. I have been working with wood for 50 years and have all my fingers because of what my grandfather taught me. Remember to use safety equipment and do not rush when working in the shop. Good luck.
Don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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clieb91

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 04:15 AM

Tom, Nice addition. The table saw is always a plus, but to be honest I am constantly using my drill press. Stay safe with both.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Tomcat1066

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#8 posted 10-16-2011 11:32 AM

Don: Glad to hear you’ve done as well as you have. It gives me hope :D

Chris: Yeah, a drill press was always on the power tools I want list. Now, I gots one. Mortises just got a bit easier :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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