|Project by matt garcia||posted 04-28-2009 04:58 AM||3807 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I recently bought a 1” travel indicator and a mighty mag to try and get my saw blade perfectly aligned with the miter slot on my Delta contractor saw. After seeing the Forrest Saw Blade display at the Houston Woodworking Show a few weeks ago, and seeing how well they had their Delta contractor saw aligned, and the scratch free cuts they were producing I have to tell you, I was jealous!
I’ve always had good results out of my Forrest WW2 blade, but after checking the run out on the blade, and finding 0.10” run out, I thought I could get it a bit closer with a travel indicator. Well after a couple hours of trial , error, and adjustments both with and without the belt on, I got it to 0.002”. I discovered that my contractor saw experiences a pull to the left of .002 with the belt on resulting in a 0.004 total front to back. So I had to adjust it to .002 on the other side of 0.00 to compensate for the play in the bearing. Now the blade is 0.001 on each side of 0.00 front to back.
Once I had it adjusted out, and my blade at 90 degrees, I ripped and cross cut these pieces of cherry with no scratch marks! I am happy, and no longer jealous!
My indicator came in a styrofoam case, and the Mighty Mag came in a cardboard package. Being a woodworker, and recognizing the value of my new acquisitions, I decided to celebrate my achievement by building this case to protect my new investments! All the boring was done on my new 17” Jet Woodworking drill press, with various forstener bits, and hand chiseling, and shaping on the case. The lid has a hand carved relief for the crystal on the indicator. Finished in 3 coats gloss polyurethane, with felt feet on the bottom. Hope you guys like it!
-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX