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esmthin

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05-14-2015 01:42 AM

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Hello fellow LJs
I am 14 yo and I just got into woodworking. This past weekend I picked up a table saw off of Craigslist for $80. It is a Skil 3400. I got it home and started checking all of the parts. I set up the fence and made my first cut, which went well. However, the next two cuts kept catching, which was resolved by realigning the riving knife.

So, on to my problem. My problem arose today while making some cuts. While switching from my hands to my push stick, the workpiece comes slightly off of the fence. It comes off about 2/3 through the 10 inch cut. This results in an off square cut.

Is there something I’m doing wrong? Any tips that you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/


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#1 posted 05-14-2015 01:46 AM

Check to see if blade is parallel to fence. Also if fence face is flat? Enjoy woodworking and be safe.

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 01:55 AM

Featherboards may also help….

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 01:57 AM

Cutting small pieces can be tricky. Use a push stick that also holds the piece down. You said you aligned the riving knife, but did you. If you place a straight edge along each side of the blade does the straight edge touch the blade or does the riving knife hold it away? Only set your blade height just a bit above the thickness of the piece. Basically set it so the carbide teeth are not coming completely out of the wood at the highest point. This makes it safer to have your hands or a push tool on the piece.

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 02:13 AM

I have found that using a pencil with an eraser to hold the piece against the fence while also using the push stick helps to get accurate cuts. It’s a two handed operation but it keeps my hands well away from the saw blade.

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 02:33 AM

Make some featherboards… good beginner project and very useful.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 05-14-2015 04:11 AM

Ethan

You will need a few things to make sure everything is square before cutting.

You will need one of either a 4” machinest square like this – http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Larson-885-1006-6-Inch-Engineer/dp/B0012XU112/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431576162&sr=8-1&keywords=machinest+square

Or a set like this – http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-D4089-Machinist-Square-4-Piece/dp/B005W16YSO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1431576113&sr=8-2&keywords=machinest+square

You will need this by raising the blade as high as it can go and place the square against it. If you see any space you need to adjust the tilt of the blade by the other wheel. Then you need to reset the needle to the Zero mark.

After this is done put the square up against the fence. If it is out of square then add some tape to the side that needs raised. Make sure you put the tape the whole length of the fence.

I also have a DVD about Table saws, Bandsaws and other tools if you want to borrow it. Just shoot me a message with your address.

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#7 posted 05-14-2015 04:12 AM



Cutting small pieces can be tricky. Use a push stick that also holds the piece down. You said you aligned the riving knife, but did you. If you place a straight edge along each side of the blade does the straight edge touch the blade or does the riving knife hold it away? Only set your blade height just a bit above the thickness of the piece. Basically set it so the carbide teeth are not coming completely out of the wood at the highest point. This makes it safer to have your hands or a push tool on the piece.

- firefighterontheside


Thanks for the advice! I did square the diving knife to the blade like you described though. The blade is also square to the fence. I’m still confused.


I have found that using a pencil with an eraser to hold the piece against the fence while also using the push stick helps to get accurate cuts. It s a two handed operation but it keeps my hands well away from the saw blade.

- BurlyBob


Great idea, I will definitely try that!

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#8 posted 05-14-2015 04:26 AM

Not sure that I can help totally with your issue, but you can try googling the brand and model number of your saw and see if you can pull up the owners manual…try something like Skil 3400 owners manual in the google search bar…might give you some more info on setting up the saw…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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esmthin

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#9 posted 05-14-2015 04:37 AM



You will need one of either a 4” machinest square like this – http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Larson-885-1006-6-Inch-Engineer/dp/B0012XU112/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431576162&sr=8-1&keywords=machinest+square

You will need this by raising the blade as high as it can go and place the square against it. If you see any space you need to adjust the tilt of the blade by the other wheel. Then you need to reset the needle to the Zero mark.

After this is done put the square up against the fence. If it is out of square then add some tape to the side that needs raised. Make sure you put the tape the whole length of the fence.

- Arlin Eastman


I will definitely get one of those squares and check my blade. Thanks for the help.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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