|Forum topic by jgoeden||posted 03-20-2013 08:44 AM||1213 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-20-2013 08:44 AM
Guys, first time posting here, tons of reading though..
Ok so I have a Dewalt DW744x (??) construction table saw and I make endgrain cutting boards, so I cut a lot of 8/4 hard wood (sugar maple, cherry, purpleheart).
Anyways, after some scary moments on the saw over the last few weeks, it’s starting to scare me a lot to even use it. So, I finally broke down and bought a Gripper push block and that’s helped me, and the other night I was working for about 6 hours, cutting TONS of wood, no problems, smooth as butter.
Here’s my problem.
I don’t have a splitter or riving knife on the saw, so I took off the throat plate to put the riving knife on, and realized it’s too tall for my Gripper block to pass over, so I took it off. This is literally the ONLY “adjustment” I’ve done to the saw since using it 3 days ago (and running wood perfectly).
Now it seems if my blade is out of alignment. Is that possible just by messing with the 2 riving knife bolts? My saw bogs down, is burning wood, and wood is getting jumpy and scaring the shit out of me. It’s doing this with both the fence and my sled (which is about as perfect of a square as you can get).
I make an approximately 8” cut, the blade bogs down, so I shut off the blade and measure, and in 8”, we’re off about 0.0025” – 0.004”, on both the sled and the fence. Do you think my blade is out of alignment just from tinkering with the riving knife? How can I get it aligned?
Looking for some advice/encouragement. I’m scared to death something is going to happen, so worried that I’m comtemplating selling all of my tools and stopping woodworking. I’m an RN, so if I go losing fingers or hands, my career is over. I’m finally getting to the point where I’m making good money off of my boards, and business is starting to pick up, and now I can’t even make cuts…
I know I’m long winded, but I’m just honestly scared of my saw and desperately need any kind of advice or help. With a new baby, and a busy busy career, I don’t have 8 hours a day aligning my tools, I need to be cutting wood, not aligning blades all day….
Also, once I get my blade aligned (praying to God that this is “only” the issue here), I’m considereing getting a Biesemeyer or Vega fence.
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