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#1 posted 01-22-2013 06:40 PM

Hi everyone, I thought I’d give a quick update on the status of this jig project.

Short version: It’s DOA thanks to the saw being out of parallel to the miter slots

Long version:
After picking up some 1/4” oak for the runners and 3/4 birch plywood, I was all ready to dive head first into the project. As I started doing the preparations, I decided to do one last check before I committed to cutting the material, just to make sure the blade was in fact parallel to the miter slots. With a lack of tools, I thought I’d just use a combination square, and sure enough, found that there was a 1/32” difference between the front and back of the blade. This explains the recent burning that I started to see when doing some rip and cross cuts on the saw. After fighting to loosen the lock nuts that hold the saw motor into position, I succeeded only in stripping 3 over the span of 6 total hours. I’ll take this as a huge lesson in getting what you pay for. In short, I’ve decided to axe my crosscut sled plans for this saw.

Now I am faced with a dilemma…given my limited space (where I have to move all my equipment into my backyard to do any work) do I fork out the cash to replace the saw with a better benchtop table saw (like the bosch 4100 or ridgid r4510), or keep the saw and fall back onto the circular saw/straight edge option when necessary while for as long as I can. Of all irony, the only reason the saw would be worth keeping, is because the fence has significant play which allows me to lock it down parallel to the blade.

Any opinions would certainly be appreciated.

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