|Forum topic by thetinman||posted 131 days ago||747 views||2 times favorited||14 replies|
131 days ago
A young lady from down the street just came by rather in a panic. To summarize; she said her husband was building a toy box on his new saw and the little “thing” blew up in his face. She said he was hurt and asked me come with her. Of course I went with her. He was OK, bits of plastic peppered his face. Looked like Zit City but no real damage. He was lucky.
Turns out he had a new Kobalt table saw and was building a toy shelf unit (kind of like a bookcase) for his daughter. Doing a good job till now. He was in the process of cutting thin strips of pine to cover the end grain of the plywood. He was using only the plastic push-stick that came with the saw to cut ½” pieces between the fence and saw blade. Well, he had hacked up the bottom of the plastic stick to the point that he hit the blade at just the right angle and it simply blew all the little pieces out. He was smart enough to wear glasses.
I cleaned him up and the wife calmed down and stopped being a mother and scolding him for buying that D* thing. (You’ll put your eye out kid) I brought him down to my house and we cut the strips. Best to do it at my house – I had beer and she stayed home. (Of course I know that her fear was understandable)
This it what I use to cut thin strips. I can’t lay claim to it. It was my dad’s. It is simple to build and safe to use. The tool never moves, your hands are always away from the blade and every piece comes out without burn marks with little need for sanding. On this one, my dad cut a slot for the bolt to slide into and used a brass (I think) knob. A carriage bolt, washer and wing-nut would work just fine.
To use it you slide in line with the blade, adjust to the width you want cut, lock it down and slide it to the front of the saw. Move your board with the fence until it touches the tool, lock the fence and cut. Now just move the board with the fence and repeat. This one cuts strips from nothing to about 2-1/4”.
Yes,I know I should have a better blade insert. New saw only a coulple days old. I’m working on it. But, thanks for noticing.
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