|Forum topic by BlankMan||posted 1584 days ago||1702 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
1584 days ago
I know there’s been a lot of debate here about the merits of granite table tops and one of my concerns has always been that the granite could chip especially at the end of a T slotted mitre gauge.
Well (and I’m not proud of this nor was I trying to do it), I was at a Home Depot today with a friend looking for clearance Porter-Cable router bits which they didn’t have when we spotted the Rigid table saw with the granite top. We walked over to take a look at it and I was explaining my concerns to my friend about the chipping possibility. I slid out the mitre gauge because I wanted to see if it was a T-slot design and had the washer on the end to hold it in the slot. I must have had it low where I was holding it because sure enough a piece broke off one edge just as the bar came out.
I didn’t even think I had the thing low, I was just sliding it out the same way I slide out mine with the washer on it on my Unisaw while I was talking. So maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention to what I was doing but I guess I’m not used to having to baby a machine.
Only one corner popped off, the left side and not any larger then a 1/4” so I don’t know, maybe it was weak or previously fractured or something. I would have expected both corners to have popped off if there was any real downward pressure but only the one did. Maybe it broke off before and the Super Glue didn’t hold. ;)
Anyway, please, no flames, I feel bad enough about this and it was not intentional, and I am hesitatingly even posting this for fear of that. But I guess I was right, it can happen, I just wish I wasn’t the one to have proved it.
-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI