Workshop **Work In Progress** #5: Compunding Issues

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Blog entry by brukilla posted 08-12-2011 07:26 PM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Parents went back home. I had my vacation in Florida. The house is relatively back to normal. My dad helped knock out the honey-do list. All is good, right? Nope.

After putting the ts together with the fence and router table – I am realizing that I need to rake the fence off and realign. I have also realized that I could shim the ts’s left extension wing to raise it up. I will also have to shim the router table to lower it. The combine total surfaces are not flat by any means -the router plate to router table surface, the router table, the main ts top, and ts left wing. We are talking minute measurements, but, if I can feel the issue with my fingertips, the issue is still there. I just have to make sure that where those issues are, I do not compromise accuracy and safety – so, I have to think about the flow of wood across the surface and not run into any thing that could cause a hang up, etc.

The Incra positioner and carriage has had some issues. On its first slide to the blade, a piece that prevents the lead screw from contacting the locking mechanism came loose and fell onto the router table – it must’ve had a weak adhesive/bond with the aluminum surface within the carriage. Incra promptly sent out two new ones with adhesive backing – so now I have a spare – but was held up for a few days.

Getting the Incra Mast-r-Lift level with the router table has been frustrating. I can’t seem to get all 4 sides level. This is because the table is not completely flat – close, but not flat. I think I am going to have to file a couple of the leveling screws down to lower one of the corners.

My most recent issue is with the left miter slot on the ts – it is too tight at the rear of the slot against the Incra V27 miter gauge. I posted the question in the forum and have several things to try before I call Grizzly customer service. Hpefully I find a burr or something that I can smooth out. I checked already for one and didn’t find anything – I hope I missed it. I would hate to have to send the saw back for a replacement.

So the compounding issues comes from small errors in different places adding up to me just taking evryhting off and putting it back on with a more thorough approach. My dad assisted the first time, but I think I rushed through a few things because he thought everything was already “close enough” and I did not want to burden him any longer. I am not mad or anything – I have to learn and sometimes I have to learn the hard way. It’s not like I have to take everything apart – I am talking about bolts that need to be loosened, etc. I have a buddy, whom I forewarned about the expected tediousness, who is happy to help because he is interested in the whole thing.

I did go to the local lumberyard to familiarize myself with their layout and meet and talk to their crew. They have everything I need and can provide sheet cutting services for like $5 bucks a sheet until I get my outfeed table built.

I am thinking if I slow down and really align everything – it will come out right the second first time.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 07:34 PM

It sounds like you have good equipment. Do you have good measuring equipment? I’d take your time at this stage and get everything dialed in, else it’ll gnaw at you. You sound like a guy who’s really keen on alignment and fit. You might consider some of the accessories like the master plate, dial indicator, etc. It’s a pretty satisfying feeling to get a machine dialed in tight. It’s a GREAT feeling to check it later and find it still dialed in.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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