Newbie Woodworker UK #1: I wish I had a table saw

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Blog entry by jadboog posted 03-18-2012 10:59 PM 1078 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all, I’ve been reading the site for a while and thought I’d properly introduce myself with a poem I wrote today:

Oh, I wish I had a table saw,
My cheap-o tools just slip and gnaw.
I spend my days finding lots of ways
To cut straight by hand which just delays
that perfect cut that will amaze.

Oh, I wish I had a table saw,
That perfect line I’ve learned to draw
evades the blades of all my saws.
Mitres too go down the loo
They just refuse to find the glue,
Leaving yawning gaps for all to view.

Oh, I wish I had a table saw,
But there’s not the space around my place,
and the price I face is a disgrace.
‘Worry not’ I say, ‘your mitre-box will save the day’.
Will it heck! and now it’s wrecked, chewed to death by cuts and splits,
I’m throwing tantrums, spits and fits.

Oh, I wish I had a table saw,
I’d take the risks with those cutting discs,
I’d risk my thumbs, perhaps my plums, to be the envy of all my chums.
‘Worry not’ I say, ‘my circular saw will find a way’,
I line it up with a guide, on some plywood far too wide,
And now I stand, just unnerved, surprised to find it cut a curve!
I tried it straight, but too much weight made it slip and slide, burn and swerve.

Oh, I wish I had a table saw,
rip saw, cross-cut, fret-saw, jig-saw,
tenon saw, scroll-saw, new saw, old saw.
I got them all but not the one that cuts so straight,
but I know I’ll have to wait.
I’ll try to learn that it is the man, not his tools,
so off I go, back to school.

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 12:01 AM

Welcome to LJs , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 12:09 AM

welcome, now read it to the wife or gf.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 12:49 AM

I too, wish I have a table saw,
It genrated a burnt odor on its last rip.
If it doen’t get fix, I’ll just flip.
My saw now sit idle while I lone for its call.
The cast iron table was also it’s down fall.
Last I checked the table isn’t true.
A new saw will get me out of this blue.

So here’s my crack at this thing.
Definitely not any good at it.

It is true, my table saw motor die on me and the table is warped!
I am now looking for an used TS.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 02:12 AM

spin off:

I wish I had a mortisser

ah fuck it I’m at a loss, welcome to LJ.

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 02:25 AM

funny but even a table saw cut must be jointed why you need is not a table saw a jointed plane will save the day

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