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10-25-2009 02:36 AM

I’m building a table out woodsmith magazine from august 09 the plans call for the table rails to be 1 1/2 thick 2 1/2 wide the problem I had is when I bevel the front faces the plans call for 10 degrees bevel that ends 1/2 inch for the top and distance between lower part of the blade and fence is 1 1/8 inch and plan give no height for blade the problem i was having is that when I bevel the scrap wood it was to high about 1/4 inch for top lower blade and I would have groove for blade cutting in to wood I check see if my blade was really at 10 degrees did this like four times it was right I could not bevel the wood like the plans call for I had to tip blade to 12 degrees to keep what the plans call for I was wondering if someone can tell me is there some rule to beveling edges like a guide line to follow our was I do some wrong from what I see I was not and I could not get it to work used a lot scrap wood before I tip the blade to 12 degrees and it work right away it very frustrating for me because I follow what they said and it didn’t work and my first thought was I was doing some thing wrong and I would not stop until I got it right but I must have spent hour maybe hour half and I could not do it with blade at 10 degrees I’m still think I did something wrong but once I tip the blade to 12 degrees it work out 1/2 for top and 1 1/8 at bottom the reason I’m ask you guys is because later in plan you have to make legs to fit that bevel now instead 10 degrees on the legs I’m going to have to go 12 degree and I hoping that I don’t have problems and advice that you guys can give me I will be very thankful thanks

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 03:15 AM

Hey WM
I’ve seen lots of plans that are wrong. Some times your just have to punt. Another possibility is that your table saw is not that accurate. I’ve had students bring plans that not just one thing was incorrect but as many as six things were wrong and or the instructions doesn’t match the drawing. In these cases you can do a test piece or just give it your best shot.

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 03:20 AM

I would double check by drawing the profile on a piece of paper in triple scale, then measure the angle with a bevel gauge. Use this Gauge to set the saw blade. What ever angle you get is the right angle no matter what the plan calls for.

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 05:46 AM

well thanks for all the responds first Jim that is what I thought but that is not the case my saw is 2005 delta x5 cabinet saw but that does mean it couldn’t be off but it is not this how I check I took a slide T bevel and I used my miter box and set it at 10 degrees and set t bevel against the blade and check the table saw blade it was ten degrees now I look at like this if one is off i would see it but they match up Thuan and DaveR Dave you draw what is picture in the plans and the problem is that draw it and make it work are two diffident things if you look at your picture at were you pointing at 10 degree bevel that’s were it should be 1/2 inch from top but if the blade is high you come up with 1/4 inch are little less for top lower the blade it cuts into side give you a groove what I did and came up with was tilt the blade to 12 degrees and things work the important thing to remember is that 1 1/8 at the bottom stay at 1 1/8 and I made sure that it did after I post the first forum I start thinking maybe I didn’t do anything wrong but I human and make mistake and I could be but I wonder if like Jim point out if there is something wrong with plan I will let you all know how it work out thanks for all your help

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 02:28 AM

Hello all DaveR I was in my shop today making the legs was not able to complete them all the way but I was able to get the side rail and short rail for the upper part of the table assemble and I start on the legs first on the rails I cut the bevel at 12 degree and like said at the beginning all work out 1/2 for top of rail and 1 1/8 at the bottom as you know I was worried about the legs not fitting but I followed the plans but I cut the bevel at 12 degree and they fit perfect I took pictures and I was going to post them but I cant figure out how to do this and I’m not going to go to a different wed site I don’t know why they don’t let us post pictures like in projects area I think that the plans have a error I could be wrong but after to day I thick they do instead of 10 degrees it should say 12 degrees our that the dimension 1/2 inch from the top is error but after cutting and test fitting with scrape piece I would say no but in the end all work out and yesterday I was so frustrated that I had to walk away for while and to day things work out thanks to all for reading and posting your advice it nice to get some help and good advice

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