|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 197 days ago||502 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
197 days ago
Building my easel. It has a sliding frame within a frame. The design calls for the inner frame, outer edge, to be slotted with a 1/8 slot, it’s full 70 inch length. At the top of the OUTER frame, the guy wants me to take a hand saw and cut a 1/8 slot across the top end grain, such that it exactly matches (lines up with) the slot in the inner frame edge.
Ideally, I’d like to stand the outer frame rail on end and pass it through the table saw. The slot placement would be exactly the same as the inner frame rail ….. that is assuming I survive the operation. Just sounds like a recipe for disaster standing a 70 inch long piece on end and slotting the end grain (the outer frame member is 2-1/2 inches wide).
Then there was the thought of locking the fence down, lowering the blade all the way, clamping the piece to the fence and slowly raising the blade. That sounds safer than trying to move the piece through the saw, but….. I can’t help but picture myself trying to explain what went wrong.
Lastly…. and probably the safest… I can mark the location of where the slot needs to be by scribing it off the inner frame rail (after I’ve cut the slot in in that rail), stand the outer frame rail on edge and feed it into the band saw (with a 1/3”, 3TPI blade).
I don’t think it will be as clean of a cut and I don’t know that my level of proficiency will get it exact, but if I purposely go ever so slighly over size I can at least shim the 1/8” aluminum bar stock that is to go in the slot and engage the inner frame rail.
Sheesh…. I think too much…
The outer frame rail is supposed to be final sized at 70 inches long. Right now it’s 78. So I have room for a couple of tries on the band saw….
I think I just talked myself into the band saw method :)