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Project by Cellulosespinner posted 11-13-2012 02:17 AM 2755 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Dewalt saw that I got for free this summer. My neighbor wanted it out of his garage. I cleaned it up and now I rebuilt the table. I’m really not sure how much I’ll use it but everything seem to work. I need to get a new blade.
The table is 3/4” mdf that I reinforced . I plan on making a 45 degree fence so I don’t have to re-square the saw all the time.

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MonteCristo

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#1 posted 11-13-2012 03:15 AM

Sweet deal ! I’d make two 45 degree “fences”, one for each side of the blade. You’re on the right track by leaving it set square – these saws are notorious for being hard to set so they cut squarely and stay that way.

Do youself a favor and don’t rip on it. They are also notoriously dangerous when set for that.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 03:38 AM

Nice job. Did you consider attaching a 1/4” thick Masonite, sacrificial top that can be replaced easier when needed than replacing the whole top? The old DeWalts are supposed to be some of the best. Is it a10”?

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#3 posted 11-13-2012 03:39 AM

Can’t beat free gear.

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Cellulosespinner

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 03:49 AM

No I won’t rip on it…and yes I thought about a sacrificial top but I’ve seen some miter set-ups for a radial arm saw that look somewhat like a sled for a table saw.Just raise the saw and clamp it to the fence. I want to make an adjustable miter fence so I could cut 15 degree wedges for segmented bowls.I’ll try one out of mdf and post the results. I’m saving for a saw stop table saw but Santa has grandchildren to please first!
It’s a 10”

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 04:42 AM

I am going to have to replace the table on my Craftsman radial arm, also free, from my best friend who needed the space. Does’nt cut 90 degrees anymore. Table is shot, I figure I’ll build the table/ fence to the blade path. Can’t seem to square the blade anymore. Nice to see projects like your’s to guide me.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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Cellulosespinner

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 10:53 PM

Here the 45 degree top that I’ve just finished. Seems to work well and was easy to make. I just clamp it on with c-clamps.
This was my first real foray with MDF and I’m thinking I really like using it.

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 11:00 PM

That is a great saw and you will have many good years of use from it.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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