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Location: Cambridgeshire UK

I have been into woodworking for about 10-12 years, initially out of necessity rather than anything else. I bought a 150 year old farm cottage in the late 1990's and although quaint and set in a tranquil setting it needed a lot of work doing, particularly to the original sliding wooden sash windows as I soon discovered were completely shot. When I found out the price for the box sash I decided I would have a go myself, besides what could be so difficult? Just about everthing infact but eventually after much wailing and gnashing of teeth I got the job done and jolly satisfied I was too I can tell you. So as the rest of the repairs and projects materialised my experience, skill and tool collection increased with it. As it turned out I began to enjoy the work and even built a workshop where my interests soon branched out to other projects rather than just carpentry, I even began to build some furniture. At first the projects were a little crude but that didn't matter because the old cottage with its rustic charm suited my early endeavours.

The source of my materials in those days were mostly from skips (dumpsters) and reclamation sites. The builders were only too pleased to give it away. I got the whole roof from a victorian terraced house once. The roof was being reslated and during the course of removing the slates the owner found some rot in the sarking boards. Unfortunately for him but not for me the builders took out one too many beams and the whole roof collapsed into the house, Oops! I went through a lot of planer blades milling all that free timber but my cottage looked the better for it.

We moved from the cottage to a larger more modern house where i am currently installing an ensuite bathroom having landscaped the gardens over the past couple of years (trust me to buy a house where the previous owner had palnted every plant, bush, shrub, known to mankind) I have almost worn the garden spade and pick axe down to the knub in the process but I have now moved to the inside projects. This may take another couple of years to complete but I can see light at the end of the tunnel now (perhaps I should just stay put for a few more years this time)

Unfortunately I haven't had much opportunity to pursue my passion as yet but hopefully this year I will have the chance to build my workshop in the back garden. I haven't seen many of my wwodworking tools as they have been stored in the garage since moving house over 3 years ago.

I am a serving Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police in London having served for almost 24 years now. I am getting to the point where I am staring to think about all the free time I will have to work wood when I retire. I am also a part time soldier with the Territorial Army, perhaps I have a thing for uniforms?, well at least they are free! In the time I have free from wearing uniforms I just like to potter around the garden and spend time with the family.

I am married to my beautiful Julie, we have a 12 year old son. Sadly his interests are History and anything to do with militaria, not woodworking, at least Julie only has to suffer the one woodwork bore in the house

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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1250 posts in 3099 days

#1 posted 03-30-2010 02:14 PM

Hello all,

I’m new to the forum but was wondering if anyone could provide me with some information regards changing the arbor on my Jet 250CS Supersaw tablesaw to allow me to use a dado blade.

I live in the UK and my tablesaw has a shortened arbor, meaning there is not enough room to install a dado cutter , instead the arbor has been machined to allow the blade to fit and no more. while the arbor nut thread is machined to approx 12mm. This is because the Health & Safey exec in the UK do not permit the use of dado blades because the guard has to be removed to operate the dado. However, this I understand only applies to saws for commercial use and not hobby use as is my intent.

The arbor diameter is 30mm (at the blade end) which of course creates a significant difference to the 1 1/4” diameters I understand are currently in use in the US.

I am not sure if my saw model is exclusive to the UK but I have conducted a trawl of the internet and it would appear that your side of the pond has a far greater array of cabinet saws under the Jet brand although I could not find the exact same saw I have.

So to my question, can anyone direct me to a source who may be able to supply advise/exchange/replace arbors or provide information on the feasibility of undertaking this project. I suppose I would need to establish the exact dimensions of the blade arbor and the dims of the bearings to take this further but if any of you guys can assist I would be very grateful.

Many thanks


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 02:21 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 02:40 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!

I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

8901 posts in 4219 days

#4 posted 03-30-2010 02:49 PM


I do not know the answer to your question, however you will get more views if you post as a blog or in the forums. This is just a home page for you and where people can stop by to say “Welcome.”

With the broad range of experience that people have at LJ, I am sure you would be able to get an answer.

To post a blog or forum entry, go to “My LumberJocks” near the upper right hand corner and there will be a drop down menu to choose these options from.

My first guess would be to look up a breakdown of the parts (U.S. version) and see what you need. Usually these are in PDF format. If you are blocked by IP number from looking at the U.S. version, someone might need to get it for you and then send it to you.

I hope this helps and that you can find what you are looking for.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 03:16 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 03-30-2010 06:15 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 11:51 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 02:19 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks, one of the friendliest woodworking sites on the web. Get or give advice to others. Learn tricks and tips. Enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 03:00 AM

“Welcome to LJ’s” …....the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 04:10 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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1250 posts in 3099 days

#11 posted 03-31-2010 10:55 AM

Many many thanks gents for your warm welcome. I look forward to conversing with you in the future.

I may have to sharpen up my IT skills too to make the most of the site.



-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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12758 posts in 3276 days

#12 posted 04-01-2010 03:32 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 05-16-2013 12:19 AM

I look forward to seein more o your projects n stuff. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 05-16-2013 11:32 AM

Thank you for your service as well. I forgot to mention that in my last post. Be safe out there

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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