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Forum topic by daveborg98 posted 04-17-2015 03:26 AM 646 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2015 03:26 AM

Hello all…I am from the Tulsa area and just now really getting into wood working. I was given a bunch of tools and never really pulled them out and used them until recently. Once I did, I was hooked. We homeschool our son (7 yrs old) and this is a great thing for us to work on together.

I have recently been tasked with redoing our kitchen cabinets (at the wife’s request of course) and I quickly realized that some of it is easier that I through while other parts are more difficult (to do right). With that said, I also realized that my little craftsman table saw with stock fence will not generate the accurate cuts I am wanting without constant fighting and tinkering. I see an upgrade in my near future (any good places to look other than the crazy high prices people want on CL)?

With all of this said… is anyone from the area? Also, are the woodcraft classes any good for building skills? I tend to be more of a try it until I get it kind of person but with fine skills, a little guidance it probably good.

Thanks,

David


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#1 posted 04-17-2015 12:29 PM

Dave, which CM TS do you have? There are many of us here with simmilar saws and it’s not always the saw but the set up and or the fence system can be upgraded.

Peeked in your area, the TS on CL here isn’t exactly outrageous at $400, which could be a reasonable offer and see if he’s got any jigs etc made to fit that he’d throw in. This saw would be One & DONE!, if I was closer to even consider it for myself, I would be calling to get the price.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 04-23-2015 04:18 AM

I apologize. I just realized there was a response here that I have not replied to.

I would LOVE to get that Powermatic saw but I do not have the funds for it unless he wanted to sell for around $500 (which would be insulting to him to offer that).

The CM saw I have is a 137.248480. Since the other saw that I found fell through, I am considering a fence upgrade and good blade to get me by until I can save for a much better saw.Anything can be used to learn on so I surely do not want to just sit and wait while I look around.

I may look at the Model 10 saw if it is still available. I also found this saw on CL really close that I thought of offering like $100 for.

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 10:01 AM

Ugh, your CM is nearly a benchtop with a stand, but, that said I went years with ony a circ saw and several cutting guides so the old adage about a poor carpenter blaming the tools can ring true, but I do really love filpping a switch and ripping a board square and true that is dead nuts to the measure on my fence. IMHO invest in good blades, if you’re cutting with the POS that came with the saw I’d bet it’s 80% of your issues, next if you have not already I really like Kelly Mehler's book but I know youtube is much more popular nowadays. Getting the saw all apart and learning the the how’s and why’s of the set up and getting what you’ve already got true is a great experience. The blades you’ll be able to use on your next saw, and you’ll have the cash saved from not buying the fence yet, so you’ll be ready when a nice one pops up, the one really close looks to be a frankenstein’d saw that will just be a money pit to get where you need it, and you may never get it there any way.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 06:28 PM

Welcome to LJ Dave.

I fought with a Craftsman contractor saw for many years (and made many nice projects) but eventually upgraded to a Delta Unisaw that I found on CraigsList. It was still expensive, at $900 but the guy delivered it. It’s about a $3000 saw though, and was like new. I was keeping an eye on some of the state, school, and university surplus stores and almost bought one that came out of a university maintenance shop but it was too big (12” blade with a 5HP motor Delta Unisaw with a sliding table).

You’ll learn a lot just building your shop jigs and fixtures, and I encourage you to make them with as much patience and attention to detail as you would a gift for someone else. They are after all gifts to yourself.

I’ve learned most of what I know by experimenting, but LJ, Pinterest, and YouTube are great sources of information and inspiration. I also subscribed to ShopNotes for quite a while and still have a stack of those that I use for reference.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 03:48 AM

I appreciate the feedback. I am hoping to clear out a few projects that my wife has given me and get into the ones that my son and I can do. He so bad wants to start a little business (selling things he makes) and I really dig the idea of being able to partake in that with him. Especially since he is way to young to run a table saw. He gets the miter saw with clamps and supervision at this point. He was also introduced to a router today and though it was the coolest thing. We are building a deck and I am putting a roundover on the cut ends to try to finish it off right.

I think the jigs and such are a great idea. Awesome way to build skills while building tools.

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