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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 03-17-2012 12:21 AM 3530 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 !"



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#1 posted 03-17-2012 01:33 AM

This is my kind of post. How to do stuff using what you have (safely). Is that a 40 tooth blade?

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 01:52 AM

I was working with pine, I used a 60 tooth carbide fine tooth blade. Perhaps a 40 tooth would have allowed me to make a larger cut each time. I was trying to cut and keep it as smooth as I could.I only had 2 doors so time was not important.

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 02:57 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 03:12 AM

Great idea and thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 06:09 AM

It is pleasure a going through your post. I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff from your side.

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#6 posted 03-17-2012 01:25 PM

I used to do A LOT of historical renovations. When it was time to make 6’ of some 200 year old molding, you didn’t run back to the shop, I’d plunk my makita 8” table saw down, along with a few router bits and figure it out. Its nice having the equipment, but the fun starts when you need to make do sometimes.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#7 posted 03-17-2012 02:33 PM

Do you have a dado set? Similar technique can plow out chair seats? My dado doesn’t fit my cast Iron craftsman. Grrrr!

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#8 posted 03-17-2012 02:55 PM

More pics, read my own blog and thought WHY ? does he think he was safe. I did use these !
I did have a mark on “temp fence showing where blade is , There is a holding block for left hand, it has rubber mounting on bottom (these came with Jointer 37 years ago,)
The saw was NOT running for the pics, that explains no hand on push pad (camera was in that hand)

When I am “creating “I am not thinking of taking pictures.
Yes ,I do have a dado set…THANKS anyway.
Don W you are so right, the “fun is doing” what seems impossible at the time !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 03-19-2012 06:58 PM

I made a china cabinet for my daughter and did the raised panels on a table saw with a jig I made. I wasn’t paying attention and cut most of one finger tip off. Ouch!! Didn’t that burn? LOL. I heal fast as a bastard though. Anyway I use a bit to shape raised panels now.

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 11:07 PM

I’ve found it’s best to keep all body parts away from all moving parts. I have the scars to prove it. The equipment in question is irrelevant.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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