Starting a hobby #1: Table saw

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Blog entry by briandickens posted 08-22-2008 07:59 PM 1018 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So for the longest time I’ve been wanting to build things out of wood, but I never had the space to do it. At least that was my excuse. But I’ve got a house now so I figured it’s time to start. Well, I haven’t built anything yet, but I did buy a table saw I found on Craigslist. Just figured I’d show everyone.

Table Saw

The guy gave me the saw, fence, extension table, biscuit joiner, profile sander, 2 outfeed rollers, 2 miter gages, dado blade, tenoning jig, a stop block (that I don’t know how to use), and a bunch of books for $325. I had a monster of a smile on my face when I drove away with all that.

The saw had some rust on the surface, but I just finished getting that off last night. I applied some wax to it too, so it’s good to go.

I have a few other things I’d like to get, but I can probably start building something soon.

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#1 posted 08-22-2008 08:11 PM

Brian, welcome to the wonderful world of making sawdust.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-22-2008 09:09 PM

Great haul for a good price.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 08-22-2008 09:37 PM

All I had was a tablesaw for 5 years and really I look upon those times of learning as some of my favorite woodworking moments. You can do a lot with just a saw.have fun and be safe!

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#4 posted 08-22-2008 09:53 PM

Great find. Get some wood and make some sawdust.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 08-22-2008 10:45 PM

I hope no one takes offence if I say “WELCOME HERE ” too as I am just as new here on this wonderful site as you so welcome!!! Nice to see you make a good investment and a great start to what will be years of great enjoyment for you and your family kindest regards. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 08-23-2008 01:10 AM

Looks like a good score. Is that a Biesemeyer fence?

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#7 posted 08-23-2008 01:30 AM

Nice score and welcome to Lj’s.
It ’s a very satifiyiing diversion but remember it’s also a blood sport.
I like to steer you over to Lee Jesberger's blog kickback and push you to getting a zero clearance saw insert and a splitter.
I use and recommend the micro jig as well if you can swing it.


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

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#8 posted 08-23-2008 01:34 AM

good looking saw, bro…

now get rip’n

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#9 posted 08-23-2008 01:50 AM

Nice score. That fence is worth that alone.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#10 posted 08-23-2008 03:41 AM

Yeah, the splitter and non-kickback thing (can’t remember the name) isn’t on in the picture, but it will be on when i’m cutting.

I didn’t know the zero clearance insert was a safety measure. I thought it was to keep small cuts from falling in. Which I guess means it’s safer. :)

I’d definitely get the microjig. I’ll get it soon. Recommendations where best to buy it?

Yes it’s a biesemeyer fence.

Thanks for the welcomes! I’ll be sure to put up pics of projects. I’m sure I’ll have questions too.

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#11 posted 08-23-2008 03:44 AM

Oh and I watched the video someone posted where they guy had wood in his face from the saw kickback. I don’t want that to happen.

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#12 posted 08-23-2008 04:41 AM

Wow… wow… what a score… I’m so jealous.

Biesemeyer fence even? Score.

I spent hours and hours on Craigslist when I was buying my table saw, and the best I ever found was a 50 year old Craftsman that needed a motor. Congrats, can’t wait to see what you make with it!

-- Ryno

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#13 posted 08-23-2008 10:17 PM

How do you sleep with yourself? I mean, really, how could you pilfer that poor soul? Oh boo-hoo, have a great time with your booty. Everyone should score big once in awhile. I have several times and it feels GREAT! I sleep just fine too. Good luck with your new torment… er, uh, I mean tablesaw and welcome to the land of dust and shavings and cursing and some infinite joys as well. Welcome.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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