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Forum topic by Shawn posted 01-13-2007 12:21 AM 2394 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2007 12:21 AM

I have a little 10 inch 2 hp bench top saw, it’s a little too small, little too wobbly, the fence likes to try to tip, and the blade wont tilt anymore…doesnt really like to raise or fall…basically it’s servicable, but only just. I am yet to build a permanent base for it because I keep thinking that a new saw may be just around the corner, and is definatly in order. All that said, what are some of your recommendations for making my little toy saw more useable until I can go out and get a new one. The blade is beautiful, as I already replaced that.

-- Cheers

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-13-2007 01:13 AM

Turn it over, & check the trunion mechanism, it may need cleaning. A lot of dust mixed with resin tend to gum things up. Use graphite lubricant, or wax on the moving parts.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 01-13-2007 01:15 AM

Hey Shawn, welcome to the group!

Try this if you are married:
Ask your wife what is the one thing you could build her that would make her life complete. Listen closely while she describes it, take notes, really act like you are listening. Then, make an absolute promise to go out and get to work on it. While you are in the shop take a long stick and tape a screw driver to the end with duct tape. Turn your table saw on and turn it up on it’s side so the motor is exposed. Then from across the room, wearing safety glasses, stick that screwdriver point into the electric motor vent holes and wait for it to destruct. Then, you clean up the mess a little, put the screw driver in the trash, throw the long stick in your scrap bin and go back in the house and ask your wife to come and look at the terrible mess your saw is in. Explain to her that there just isn’t any way you can build the item she wants now. Tell her how badly you wanted to do the project for her, and ask for a hug or two. Then…..just wait and see what she says. Then, after she tells you to get a new saw, go over to the other Forum topic on picking out a table saw and go shopping.

If you are not married, then I guess you just do what you want without anyone asking questions.

That was just for fun, hope you are laughing some. I’ve never tried that method of getting approval, but I have thought through the process pretty well a few times as you can probably see now. I just couldn’t keep a straight face when she started questioning me more. I can’t play poker well either.

To be real honest with you though, a great quality table saw is just so important to making great projects turn out like you want, that my real suggestion for you is to just buy one and do it quickly. I think you will thank me later after you use it for awhile.

glad you are here, keep posting, I liked your table,
Mark DeCou

P.S. I am for complete honesty, openness, and communication in a marriage by the way, and my attempt at humor, was just that. Have fun, get a new saw.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 01-13-2007 01:24 AM

Mark, great laugh! I wasn’t sure until I read your PS.

Shawn, I couldn’t agree more with Mark’s comment about a quality table saw. This is absolutely one area where you don’t want to compromise.

I struggles with an inexpensive pressed-metal saw for two years when I started my woodworking journey. So many of the problems I faced with poor joinery and inaccurate cuts was cause by the saw. It was a new dawn in woodworking when I purchased the saw I now use.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 01-13-2007 01:28 AM

Sounds like you’ve never tried that before Mark (wink), But Shawn also has to take into consideration that he HAS to by a 10” saw because he already has the nice blade. And a new saw will cut truer, cleaner, faster and make Shawn more money to buy more wood to make more tables for his wife to put pottery on.(Sigh) It’s a rough job, but somebody has to do it.

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#5 posted 01-13-2007 09:48 AM

Great advice Dick, LOL Mark, I may just have to try that…cept my wife wont go for it. I took her saw shopping with me the other day, she was even pointing out one’s she thought were ‘cool’ I think maybe after tax season I’ll be looking into a new saw, but in the mean time, I’ll try the advice of Mr. Cain, and just take the time to set my saw up perfectly every time, takes forever, and clean up with the hand plane after many cuts is tedious, but at the same time, there is something satisfying about the sound of a block plane and elbow grease.

-- Cheers

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#6 posted 01-13-2007 12:36 PM

Cool is good, but when she says “ooooh, that one’s pretty!” if it’s good enough, then you KNOW you have her total support. After I got my first router ( a gift) I realized that it wasn’t a good router for making raised panel doors because it wasn’t variable speed. I told my wife that I couldn’t use it and she said “Then you just go buy another one.” (No need to tell me twice). And just before she went on her annual-I-gotta-go-visit-aunt-Clara trip she TOLD me to go buy a lathe. Wisdom set in and I replied “Yes Dear”. Like it was a hard thing to go buy another tool. (Oh please don’t make me buy more tools, I just don’t think I could take anymore)

Sounds like you got a good wife there. And her you were complaining about pottery. Hey just another excuse to buy more wood, tools and make more projects.

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#7 posted 01-13-2007 08:46 PM

Nice in theory, but…much as I want a new saw, I have to wait. Just means I get more time to practice my hand tool skills. Plus I’m getting to know the guy at the lumber yard pretty well, as I often just get him to cut my sheet good to size for me. I really need to get to work today, but my partner is lazy and still in bed…more guitar time I guess. Oh ya, I wasnt complaining about the potter, it’s very beautiful, was a wedding gift, I just think I’d like to build a display case for it, so I can build my more artful coffee tables for our personal use.

-- Cheers

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