|Forum topic by JimF||posted 10-06-2010 05:14 PM||1012 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-06-2010 05:14 PM
It’s all Lumberjocks’ fault! Before I started haunting this site I would have just made this cut without thinking so much about it and wouldn’t have confused myself. And maybe have done something badly wrong.
I want to rip boards with the blade at 45 deg to make a French cleat system. BLJ (before Lumberjocks) I would have just tilted the blade to the left (didn’t have ZCI), set the fence on the right side and made the cut without a second thought. I have a new-to-me Unisaw that tilts right and got to thinking that with the blade tilted right and the fence on the right I have a tight fit for the board between the blade and fence. Will that be a problem leading to serious risk of kickback? Should I move the fence to the left side?
Also, I don’t have a ZCI for 45 deg cuts. Nor do I have the loose-fitting OEM insert. Can you make a 45 ZCI same as a 90 by just raising the blade into a ZCI blank? Or, can I make one by setting the blade at 45 deg, cutting into a sheet of ½” ply or MDF (without an insert) to make a “full top ZCI”? Actually this would be from off side of saw to fence, not complete top.
Am I overanalyzing, stupid, or just being a safety-minded woodbutcher who knows he needs to know more before he hurts himself?
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