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Forum topic by niki posted 07-28-2008 10:56 PM 3144 views 15 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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niki

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07-28-2008 10:56 PM

Good day

I would like to share with you my way of aligning the table saw.

As you’ll see, I’m not using any Hi-Tech nor Lo-Tech instruments because every blade has some “Run-out” and flatter.

But, I also don’t need any instruments because….the blade is “talking” to me and “telling” me if it is aligned to the miter slot or not…and who knows better than the blade….

The “Test Piece” should be of MDF but plywood will also do

Tooooo the pics….............

Regards
niki

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SteveKorz

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 11:26 PM

Thanks Niki!! As usual, very informative. I eat up your posts, keep’em coming!

I’m always learning….....

—Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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lew

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#2 posted 07-29-2008 12:14 AM

I really like your “feather board”! How do you lock it down?

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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niki

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#3 posted 07-29-2008 11:34 AM

Thank you for your kind words Steve and Lew

Lew
The “featherboard” is held by hand…

It has a dowel that fits the miter slot and serves as a pivot point…

The black pad is from a mouse pad…..to make the featherboard a little bit Hi-Tech :-)

I just swivel it clockwise to press on the workpiece…

as you can see, my left hand stays all the time around the miter slot…

I use it mainly with short boards that I can feed with my right hand/push block while my left hand stays on the table top.

Regards
niki

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alanealane

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#4 posted 07-29-2008 03:09 PM

Your Genius mind is clear for all to see!!! Keep it up. It’s the low-IQ guys like me that need help from gentlemen like you.

You always come up with things I never thought of !! WOW

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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niki

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#5 posted 07-29-2008 09:58 PM

Thank you Lane

I don’t think that you have “low IQ”...you just have less experience than me…

Looking at your “Resume” I’m 3 time bigger (well, to be true – older) and I believe that when you’ll come to my age, you’ll know much more than I do.

Best Regards
niki

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jeanmarc

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#6 posted 08-02-2008 10:48 PM

Your Genius

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Chris

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#7 posted 08-02-2008 10:56 PM

Very nice Niki.. I especially appreciate your methods of work that keep your hands clear of the blade.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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niki

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#8 posted 08-03-2008 08:43 AM

Thank you so much

Jeanmarc
If I was a genius, I would be working at least in the “Silicon Valley” and not in my small garage in some unknown small town in Poland :-)....

Chris
At the age of 63+, every finger is very important :-) so I do everything to keep them away from “slicing tools”...

Regards
niki

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jeanmarc

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#9 posted 08-03-2008 10:56 AM

I think qu’ one should not work has silicone valley to have ideas .je finds that C is very an good idea which you made. the photographs and the explanations are brilliant.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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UncleBen

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 06:42 PM

That pivoting featherboard is one of the smartest things I’ve seen, but seems so simple once you know about it. I especially like that you don’t have to clamp it down and it’s so quick to use and “set”. I’ll be making one of those shortly.

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Napaman

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 07:44 PM

thanks niki!!! your instructions are always sooooo clear and informative…I am putting this in my fav’s!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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gusthehonky

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#12 posted 08-05-2008 08:05 PM

Great post! Respectfully speaking, I knew all that stuff, but you were able to explain it, kinda like Newton didn’t invent gravity, but was able to logically explain its abilities and limitations. Great teachers have abilities to promote and develop their students unconscious knowledge pool. Hopefully my praise will not be mistaken for malice, my prose has deteriorated since Wrt, 101. Thanks again.

-- Ciao, gth.

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niki

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#13 posted 08-05-2008 10:01 PM

Than you so much for your kind words

Gusthehonky
I don’t think that I “invented” it, probably, I’ve seen bits and pieces here and there and I just connected everything together…

Here are a few more pics of the “featherboard” that I hope will make it easier for you to make it.

As a base, I used 1½” thick wood.
The wheel carrier is made of 5/16” “floor panel” screwd to the base.

The wheel is 2” diameter and 1¼” thick, cut with Hole Saw on the drill press.
To get the wheel totaly round and square, I pushed bolt, tight with nut and chucked it in the drill press and whill turning, I sanded it with sanding block…like this (from another post).
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Drill a larger hole for the bolt head and washer to sink in
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Finger tight the nut so the wheel can turn free
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Add washers as required so the wheel will be a little bit above the table
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While holding the lower nut, tight the upper nut
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I made a red line just before the blade front teeth…I always keep the wheel center before the line
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Regards
niki

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flink

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#14 posted 08-12-2008 12:59 PM

Niki,

Very, very ingenious!

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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RAH

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#15 posted 08-12-2008 02:25 PM

Thanks again for the learning experience, let me know if the house next door to yours is for sale I could watch you all day.
Thanks Ron

-- Ron Central, CA

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