A new shop in the making #16: A little siding makes a big difference

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 07-18-2008 04:49 PM 1529 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: The floor is down and I still wait for the gas fitter Part 16 of A new shop in the making series Part 17: Inching closer to moving day »

While struggling to get the heater purchased and installed I tackled the vinyl siding . It seems to be pretty straight forward . I set up a cutting station and put a plywood blade in my circular saw backward and it cuts pretty easy. You have to be careful to leave a bit of room between each peice for expansion.

Sorry for the addition now but my buddy and his wife just came in from Mexico for a visit. It’s too hot down there right now.

On with the blog:

What I’m using is a plain steel (no carbide plywood blade) . Because I have a tendency to spoil myself I have a small metal bandsaw for thicker metals and a larger plywood blade for the table saw.


The box affair in front of the shop is a jig to line up my cuts for both the soffits, fascia and my vinyl siding.
there is a bridge for the saw to slide on and the sheets align against the side rails to square them.
By putting a nail in the cut off end I can quickly make multiple cuts of equal lengths without remeasuring.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 07-18-2008 05:02 PM

It is looking to pretty to be a workshop, when do you expect it to fully operational?

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#2 posted 07-18-2008 05:06 PM

I gotta pay more attention when I’m reading. I seem to add letters to words, so the title ‘A little SLIDING makes a big difference’ confused me a bit. However, when looked closer things made a lot more sense.

All in all Bob it’s looking good. I’ve never heard of putting the blade on backwards and I’m kinda curious why that would cut better than putting the blade on forward.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-18-2008 05:44 PM

Hello my friend;

It’s looking good! I sure hope you plan on putting plant holders under the windows. Makes it more cheerful.

Russel, putting the blade in backwards causes the face to have a clean edge.

That is often done when cutting aluminum as well.

I first tried this on a piece of aircraft aluminum, which to my surprise is hardened via various alloys. It was a piece of 2”x 2” x 3/16” thick. I was at the supply house to buy a blade for my chop saw designed to cut aluminum. The sales guy talked me into buying a 60 tooth wood blade, with the instructions to mount it backwards in the saw.

Well I tried it. Upon touching the aluminum EVERY tooth on the blade became shrapnel.

A $120.00 blade that lasted for about three seconds.Turns out that aircraft aluminum is very hard.

FIY: For cutting aluminum, that isn’t hardened an alternate bevel blade in the miter saw works fine, installed the normal way using light pressure. I’ve cut 3” x 4” x 1/4” thick angle using this method, without any problem.


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#4 posted 07-18-2008 06:48 PM

lee—I hope the sales guy took it back :-/

For vinyl I found that a wood blade backwards works well, but NOT carbide. . . the teeth catch and break out chunks of the siding

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 07-18-2008 07:24 PM

I am hoping the cosntrucition is done next week and I canstart movingthe tools in. It will take a few weeks to get new counters done up and some shelve in place.

Lee: there wil be planters on each window and the square foot garden are to be swept back in arcs on each side of the stairs . We share similar experiences with brittle carbide. Folsk don’t even know how brittle is is.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 07-18-2008 08:33 PM

Looks like you will be moving in sooner rather than later!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 07-18-2008 08:38 PM

Fascinating stuff. I’m always learning something new here.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 07-18-2008 09:22 PM

Nice progress. Looks great.

Lee I hope you had your safety glasses on when that blade exploded..yikes!


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#9 posted 07-18-2008 09:51 PM

I’ve cut Aluminum and brass on my chop saw using a negative raker angle on the carbide tooth. I’ve also used the blade backwards to cut vinyl or fiberglass roofing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 07-19-2008 12:49 AM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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Bob #2

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#11 posted 07-19-2008 01:04 AM

I wanted to revisit Tungsten carbide again for a second. It is very popular in machining trades as it is extremely hard and able to keep a decent edge much long than alloyed steels.

The problem is it is brittle.

In woodworking there is a constant danger of having a carbide tip fracture or actually separate from a weld at extremely high speed. I caution you all to focus on staying out of the line of fire from all your tools and if possible and practical, use complete face protection. We had a guy up here get a piece of tungsten shrapnel hit his cheekbone and travel another inch underground into his right eye.

As far as storing carbide instruments are concerned make sure the don’t bang into each other when you close the drawer. That’s enough to micro fracture them and give you nightmares later.


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#12 posted 07-19-2008 02:05 AM

Looking awesome. I’m excited for you. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 07-19-2008 07:31 PM

This is exciting. I bet you can’t wait to get those tools in there and get the inside finished up. It will be great when it’s done and you are back to making projects instead of buildings.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 07-26-2008 01:31 AM

Ok, Bob. It’s been a week since we saw some new photos. I happen to know that when you get this close, it’s hard to get side tracked. How the progress going. Keep us posted. It’s looking really good.

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#15 posted 07-26-2008 04:42 AM

Tim, I put a new segment up a couple of minutes ago.


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