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Blog entry by dan56 posted 02-03-2013 12:10 AM 670 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a complete newbie but I have a plan for learning it just keeps getting interrupted. This summer I found termite in the structure of my house and instead of learning woodworking I had to become a carpenter. I will say it was fun doing the work myself but it took a lot of time. The house is well sealed and the termites are gone so I’m back to the shop. I’ve purchased a new table saw Bosch 4100D its 100% better than my old saw but every time I think I have what I need to tune it up I find I need something else. After doing the setup in the Bosch manual everything was dead on, but now I found the blade isn’t true. With a lot of research I discovered it could be the blade, the motor shaft, or the flange I guess I’ll need a dial indicator and adjustment bars. My biggest problem it seems is I don’t have a planer or a jointer and in order to get a piece of stock flat without them the one thing I need is a piece of flat stock. I’ve been working on a shooting board for my hand planer but I still need a flat piece to start with. I love the problem solving It’s what I do I teach trouble shooting. The cost is the hard part.



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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 02-03-2013 12:43 AM

Welcome to woodworking and to LJs. You will find this is one of the warmest places on the web!

I hear you on the joy of problem solving! and the pain of the cost:).

As for a jointer. Do you have a router? If you do you can set it up either in a router table or has a hand held set up to join boards. I would be happy to tell you more.

A circular saw can do the same thing but more care is needed.

What other tools do you have?

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Grumpymike

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 01:06 AM

Before you buy a dial indicator, (which you will do in the future), you can use your trisquare and be very close.
or I’ve seen guys use two pieces of 3/4” stock and make a ‘T’ and out one side in the miter slot, cutting off or msrking the free end. now turn off the saw and wait for the blade to stop.
place a flash light on the outfeed side of the blade and with the saw unplugged, slowly rotate the blade and watch the gap between the blade and the end of the board you just cut … look for any wobble.
The third meathod is to make a saw kerf in a board, stop the saw and see if the kerf is wider than the blade.
Remembering that the carbide teeth are wider than the body of the blade.
One of these tests will prove if there is a wobble.
If you do find a wobble, try another blade, might borrow one that is known to be true before you invest.
still have a wobble? check the washers that pinch the blade on the arbor to be sure there is no sawdust or other debris or burrs causing them to not seat flush.
Still got the wobble? now it’s time to think about the arbor. Lay your trisquare across the throat and adjust so that the square’s blade just kisses the arbor shaft, slowly rotate by moving the belt and watch the gap …

I hope this helps you find where the wobble is comming from and maybe helps correct it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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dan56

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 12:54 AM

Thanks Nate anfd Grumpy I’ve tryed to reply but I guess I have to post more than I do to get that function.
However…Success after what seemed like forever I scratched together a shooting board and I have a striate piece of wood. I won’t let anyone touch or look at it it’s mine all mine. Just kidding. But the success has kept going I was also able to get some striate runners for a sled I’m building for my saw. It seems to be coming together (for now). I’m looking forward to screwing up some small boxes. I’m starting with pine but I have some Maple with really nice character and some smooth bass wood for a chip carved top. I’ll let you know what happens. But be patient my time is limited, besides I’m in no hurry.

i building for my saw. It seems to be coming together (for now). I’m looking forward to screwing up some small boxes. I’m starting with pine but I have some Maple with really nice character and some smooth bass wood for a chip carved top. I’ll let you know what happens. But be patient my time is limited, besides I’m in no hurry.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 01:48 AM

Use the saw for rough dimensioning (sounds like it has that part down!) and hand planes for final fit and finish. Then you’re woodworking and not a saw mechanic.

:-)

Whichever way you go, good luck and have fun!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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JesseTutt

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 04:55 PM

You can make two accurate winding sticks, to check a board for twist or cup, out of two pieces of angle iron. I put blue painters tape on one so that they are different colors. Put them so that the (90 degree) point is up.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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