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Forum topic by Mark Colan posted 08-11-2010 03:59 PM 1741 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Colan

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08-11-2010 03:59 PM

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Hi, I’m new here.

I just ordered at LS32-TS with router package (-WF). My primary motivation is fast and easy accuracy for cutting wood, but Incra is just as famous for guiding routers, and I have a router too (but I’m more of a newbie there).

I’d appreciate feedback on these questions:

1. UNIGUARD & Incra: Has anyone managed to mount the LS32-TS on the saw and use a Delta Uniguard saw blade guard with it? The main issue is that they both want to use the two holes on the back of the cast iron top of the saw (I have a Delta Contractor 36-444). Incra tech says that one can mount the LS32-TS, then mount the Uniguard brackets to the bottom slot of the rear rail.

My main concern in doing this is that the Uniguard is heavy (about 50 lbs) and this would put a lot of stress on the rail.

2. Shifting the Rail to the right: the manual says that for custom tables, one can shift the rails to the right, to get more than 32” to the right of the blade. I don’t have room for a 52” side table, but would love to get another 6-8”. Has anyone done this? How does it work out with the ruler? Other issues?

I know that this means the Incra does not reach as far for cutting on the left side of the blade. I rarely use the fence to cut on the left, and the only reason I can think of to do so is when tilting the blade (my saw tilts right) to avoid snagging the wood between the fence and tilted blade. Oh, or doing crosscuts on long pieces, but I would not be using the LS32-TS for that. Are there any other reasons for cutting on the left?

3. Router in the Right Table Extension: My saw came with an iron left extension wing, so it seems natural to put the router on the right side. The Incra right side router table (which I do not plan to use) is shown mounted with the miter slot between the saw blade and the router hole. The router hole is thus fairly close to the blade.

Without having a lot of router experience, I am persuaded by Bill Hylton’s books to use an offset mounting, with the router hole near the edge where I’ll do most of the work. For most work, this means less leaning over. And with the table saw, that edge would be the right side of the right wing. The miter slot would be to the right of the router hole (except that I don’t plan to use one).

Any thoughts or pictures on the ideal location of the router hole when using the right table extension as a router table?

Thanks in advance for your comments.
Mark

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA


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IrreverentJack

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 06:33 AM

Hi Mark, I purchased a used LS32 TS with a 36-978. I haven’t even looked at the stock splitter yet. This guy might have good info for you.

My saw came with a 24” left side router table extension and the first router I’ve owned. Both cast extensions are on the right. At the moment my rails are shifted to the left 2”. I’m looking forward to working with it enough to find a problem with that.

Someone convinced the previous owner that the extra work area would be useful at the end of the table. I think I’ll enjoy finding out if they were right too.

Couple ot thoughts from a noob. I like the cast router extensions and the (smaller) Incra sized inserts and lifts. If you can increase the points of attachment in the bottom slot (from 2 to 4 say) I think it would hold the weight ok. They seem stronger the more I use the saw. If you remove the positioner or leave it extended over the table to the right- take care not to bump it against anything cast iron or steel. Any imperfection on the ‘glide’ edges will affect its smoothness. Have fun. -Jack

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TheWoodNerd

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 02:37 PM

I shifted my rails 10” to the right, no problem. To date, I’ve never had any reason to cut on the left side of the blade.

The ruler isn’t affected at all, since it’s registered to the fence.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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