|Forum topic by petergdenmark||posted 04-04-2012 02:02 PM||3567 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
04-04-2012 02:02 PM
I’ve spent 500+ hours on a renovation of an old Wadkin AGS table saw. Had i known, I would have put it outside with a small roof over it and used it for rough sawing lumber.
But I thought “nothing more can go wrong now” and continued.
Now i’ve finally put it together, and it runs ok. One thing i havn’t been able to fix is the table top. It has a small, not abrupt, dip in the middle of about 0,015”, and the wings dips the same amount. but not uniformally (they are very slightly warped), so this is the point i arrived at, as a compromise
Now – i could try to get it milled flat, at a cost of about $500 (taxes here are severe). Further more – it would require me to take the saw apart again, which would again take a lot of time (pretty tricky procedure on this saw).
It’s an old saw, and i paid $250 for it, and the rise and fall isn’t totally smooth, but the blade stay square when rising the blade, and it has other small faults, that isn’t a deal breaker, but just makes it impossible to get it to “good as new” condition.
So now i’m thinking that i might hunt for perfection, that isn’t possible for those of us on a budget. I watch Norm, The Wood Whisperer and video podcasts on other websites, and maybe this has brain washed me into thinking you can’t do fine furniture if your tools isn’t up to NASA specs.
I havn’t used the saw for anything serious yet, since i wanted to get the saw ready, and didn’t want to start woodworking (which was the original point), only to have to stop, and start messing with the saw again.
So honestly – how flat are your tables? How flat is flat enough? Are there any “official” flatness tolerances?
-- I'm from Denmark, but live in Sweden.