Introduction and TS woes

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Blog entry by dschlic1 posted 02-10-2013 04:41 PM 1009 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to introduce my self to the LJ community. I have worked with wood as a pastime most of my life. In fact in the ‘80s I built a 23’ sailboat out of wood. However after that I only dabbled in wood working, mainly doing fix ups, repairs and small additions to the house.

In December of last year, my wife came up with an idea to add some shelves to concrete columns in our back porch. This turned out to be a bigger project then either of os imagined. However the end result was well worth it. During the construction, my wife helped with the project. Being December and with Christmas coming up, she wanted to get me some tools. So I made her a list, in which I said I wanted either a table saw or a circular saw.

So I received not only a bench type table saw, but also a work bench. After assembling the work bench, we discovered that we would have to re-arrange the garage to fit it in. So that was an excuse to do a through cleaning of the garage. The end result is my shop show cased here on LJ.

I really liked the table saw, being small yet very powerful, it look like it was a perfect match for my needs. I wanted to improve the usefulness of the TS, so I designed an extension table for it. Several weeks ago I purchased the wood for it and several jigs for use on the table saw. This consisted of two 5’x5’ Baltic Birch plywood and one 4’x8’ 1/4” hardboard.

I then started to cut up the hardboard and plywood for the table and the jigs. About three quarters of the way through I noticed that some of the pieces I was cutting did not have straight edges and also the the material was not following the rip fence. So I checked the alignment of the table saw. I found that the blade was not parallel to the miter slots. I contacted the manufacturer and also inspected the saw itself. To my dismayed I discovered that there was now way to adjust this misalignment!

So I decided that I did not need or want that type of table saw. When I tied to return it to the store, because it was used, All I could get was a store credit. So I decided to get a circular saw and a router instead. So I was left with material cut up for an extension table for a table saw I no longer had.

So I am currently in the process of building some jigs for the circular saw using some of the cut material from extension table. My first project is some jigs for my circular saw.

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