I thought I would share what I do with my 1978 Craftsman table Saw.I read a lot of forums and blogs about people spending a lot of time adjusting the fence, buying new fences, buying all these toys that sometimes are really not important. These photos of how I cut raised panels on a table saw (safely) will illustate just one more thing that a table saw can do besides ripping boards .I had no digital angle setter, no $500. fence, no digital depth setter for the blade and no sled. This operation could not be done with a riving knife or a blade guard. The fence is a piece of 1×4 pine from a pallet clamped on using hand clamps. I started with the blade about 1/8 inch, then each pass I raised the blade 3/4 turn. It took several passes on each side. First I cut the hollow on all four sides, then I set my original craftsman fence and cut the bottom groove that will slide into stiles and rails of the door. The final operation was just hand sand some of the feathering that the blade left.
PLEASE NOTE: I do NOT recommend just anyone doing this !
And I am not trying to be arrogant when I say I did not have those toys (I probably would really enjoy some of them, to date they are not MY priority)
I am just trying to point out that woodworking can still be enjoyed usiing old equipment.
I AM JUST SAYING!
-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"