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Workbench #2: Home-made tablesaw, success is sweet.

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Blog entry by Philip posted 466 days ago 1549 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been working on my bench, cutting dovetail-shaped wedges for the wooden nuts on my face vise when we had a little accident.

Turns out the wedge was a little too big and the grain was going in just the right direction to just POP-OFF!

So I borrowed a clamp to fix that little mis-hap since a home-made clamp would take too long, and my wedge clamp would not allow me to get precise pressure. (Thanks Bro. Roberts!)

So then I’m thinking ahead about things I will need to do and I figure it’s time to make my tablesaw since I’m tired of free-handing (poorly) my cuts on small pieces.

TA-DA! It sounds so simple yet nothing is ever simple. I bolted my circular saw to some plywood and made my zero-clearence cut. I magically had the right size bolts to do this and the planets were aligned so I actually started a project and finished it the same night.

Then all I needed to do was rout a channel parallel to the blade. Again, easier said than just done but I figured if it was a little off I could correct it with the home-made miter gauge.

All in all I am quite happy with this little set-up and it will make certain tasks 100% easier and more accurate. All I need to do now is make the miter gauge adjustable with a threaded rod/knob… but that can be another time.
Does anybody know how I can make an old-fashion fence that uses a parallellogram? I don’t even know if that is what I’m thinking of, but the idea is no matter how you move the fence it will remain parallell to the blade. Then all I need to do is sand it nice and smooth and put some finish on so things glide nicely over the top.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!



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Marty5965

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#1 posted 466 days ago

If your blade is perpendicular to your table front and rear, all you would need is a straight edge that wraps the front and rear edges at right angles and it would have to be parallel. Then give it some height perpendicular to the table surface and Bob’s your Aunts Spouse. Of course, the blade has to be perpendicular to the table surface also and, I presume your table is firm enough not to flex.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#2 posted 466 days ago

Just an off the cuff idea Phillip. If you make your fence wide enough it would probably straighten itself when you tighten it on the operator’s end, provided it can lock against a sturdy straight edge on the near side. It wouldn’t have to be perfectly aligned. Many, myself included don’t mind the other end to be a little wider with relation to the workpiece. That prevents binding and reduced the possibility of kickback. Talking about kickback, I suggest you use the splitter that came with your saw (if one did) or at least put a wooden one at the far end of your saw slot. Kickback can cause serious injuries to you or your shop. I try never to stand directly behind the workpiece as an added precaution. You might get some better ideas than mine, but this is all I can think of at 11:35pm.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Philip

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#3 posted 466 days ago

Thanks for the tips, I will probably add a splitter at some point. Right now I’m not planning on making any complicated cuts or ripping huge boards with it, and for the smaller items it works quite nicely. Eventually the vise will support the far end of the plywood, so it’s not hanging off the side of my bench.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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KOVA

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#4 posted 466 days ago

CREO QUE TIENES QUE HACER DOS RANURAS PARA QUE EL TRINEO DE CORTE TENGA DOS VARILLAS
Y NO SE TUERZA AL EMPUJARLO :-) ALGO ASÍ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPS131ByDFo

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#5 posted 466 days ago

EN ÉSTE VIDEO SE VÉ QUE EL DESLIZADOR TIENE QUE TENER
DOS CANALES PARA DOS GUÍAS PARALELAS
: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69t6MFCUobw

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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KOVA

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#6 posted 466 days ago

Y ACÁ TIENES UN DISEÑO DE VALLA PARA RIP CUTS :-)
ESPERO QUE TE SIRVA AMIGO :-)
http://woodgears.ca/table_saw/rip_fence.html
http://woodgears.ca/table_saw/index.html

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Philip

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#7 posted 466 days ago

Genial! Me parece muy bien.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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