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Forum topic by gforce posted 04-16-2010 03:18 PM 1560 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2010 03:18 PM


I ran my new WoodworkerII blade into the aluminum fence on my miter gauge. Still seems to cut fine and no obvious damage to teeth. Just curious if anyone knows whether this would cause serious damage.

Thanks Glenn

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 03:23 PM

not really, Aluminum is soft and the teeth on your WWII are Carbide which can actually cut through tougher materials.

FYI – this is why aluminum is the material of choice for miter gauges, and other such accessories.

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#2 posted 04-16-2010 03:49 PM

As long as it cuts well and its straight I wouldnt worry about it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-16-2010 03:57 PM

Just inspect the teeth, no lost or chipped teeth, no foul.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 04-16-2010 04:11 PM

When in doubt, toss it out. You have no way of knowing if one of the tips/teeth is cracked and just about to fly off.

Since it’s a WWII, you might give Forrest a call and see if they can inspect it.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 04-16-2010 04:25 PM

You should be fine. I’ve cut aluminum with regular saw blades numerous times with no incident.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 04:56 PM

I have done the same with no problems. The blade keeps on cutting just fine and lasts until it’s dull under normal use. Relax, crack a couple of cold ones and keep on cutting ;)

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#7 posted 04-16-2010 05:08 PM

It’s the first thing I did to my WWII I felt really bad, but had since forgotten, until you mentioned it. (I had done it more than a year ago) still as good as new.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#8 posted 04-16-2010 05:18 PM

Let me assure you that you are not the first person to ever do this. I would wager that at least half of the LJs have done the same thing at least once. I know I have done it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 04-16-2010 05:35 PM

OK thanks for the good info. Appreciate your replies.


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#10 posted 04-16-2010 05:53 PM

I’m smiling cause that stuff will give you a heart attack.. finally order it, pay good money, wait a week, and in two seconds..WHAM..sick feeling in gut!

-- bill

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#11 posted 04-16-2010 06:03 PM

I didn’t consider my Incra 1000SE truly broken in until I had run my blade through its fence.


I think there’s an equivalent, in the world of bicycling. Many cyclists have a rack on the top of their car, for transporting bikes.

Many cyclists drive long distances, getting very tired, to return from biking trips WITH the bikes on the roof of the car.

Now … many cyclists also have garages.

Uh … you do the math :-)

As I learned after smashing the forks on my bike …. nearly all cyclists do THAT one, too :-O

Yeah: you’re fine. Better the fence than a finger, right???

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 04-16-2010 07:43 PM

First time I’ve ever heard of anyone doing that! Take a bow, (and welcome to the club!)

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#13 posted 04-16-2010 07:50 PM

What we need now is a car-top bike rack that senses garage door header contact and trips the brakes on the car. BikeStop!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 04-16-2010 07:59 PM


Why didn’t it even OCCUR to me to sue the builder, the bike manufacturer, the rack manufacturer, the CAR manufacturer, and … well … the guy who poured WEAK coffee, 300 miles back ?


-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 04-16-2010 08:44 PM

NO Aluminium cuts fine on tc t blades . Just like hardwood. I too have cut great thick sheets of it on my saw for machining projects.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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