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Forum topic by Bovine posted 01-17-2010 11:09 PM 1215 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2010 11:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rant tablesaw fence cutting board

I just had one of those moments where I was so angry and frustrated that I just had to leave everything as it was and walk out of the shop. If I start working again, I’m going to screw up more or get myself hurt.

>>Yells at the top of his lungs<<

OK, that feels better. Just a bit better.
I’m making 6 Spagnolo-style cutting boards (Marc, ya didn’t invent it but everyone knows what I’m talking about when I use that term) and after the first glue-up, I’m cutting the board into strips. While cutting the first board I noticed the wood binding a bit and a lot of burning. Second board even kicked back but luckily I was standing to the side. I checked the fence and it was about 1/2” from where it should have been.

To make a long story short, the fence WAS MOVING ON ME! Not fast or by large amounts, but say a half-inch over the coarse of 10 cuts. This was causing the burning and the binding. I cleaned the fence and rails and reset the fence. Cut another board and it did it again!

This is nuts! The boards I’ve already cut may not be ruined but they’ll require some serious cleaning up. Like a lot of us, I’m kind of a perfectionist with my work. It really irritates me that I didn’t figure it out sooner and that my tablesaw isn’t working properly.

My saw is one of those Ridgid contractor saws that folds up on it’s built-in dolly. You know, the one at Home Depot. I got it 4 or 5 years ago for about $400. It’s done a decent enough job over the years but it might finally be time for be to pony up the big bucks.

Well, I think I’ve cooled down enough to go back and clean up for the day. Maybe it’ll go better tomorrow.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#1 posted 01-17-2010 11:13 PM

ahhhh, one of those learning experiences. At least you had the good sense to get away from that machine before disaster struck…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 11:21 PM

Invest in a good cabinet saw…you won’t be sorry.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 11:42 PM

You did the right thing, times like that you just walk out and do something else.

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 11:57 PM

Any adjustment on the clamping mechanism? My cabinet saw has an adjustment on the fence lock.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 04:37 AM


Hmmm, I might have to take a look. That’s a good suggestion.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 04:42 AM

Bovine, I have had the same saw for over 8 years now without a problem. Try pushing straight through instead of against the fence. LOL Yeah, I’m ducking now!

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 06:35 AM

I can relate to ‘need to walk away’ days. Thank goodness this is just a hobby for me. I can’t imagine it being a job and feeling like you have to work through it.

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 06:42 AM

Check your local HD they have there Ridgid 4511 saws for $299. untill they sell out.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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