Methods of work : tablesaw;the best tips from 25 years of by Jim Richey

By Jim Richey

It took 25 years to collect the basic woodworking details during this four-book sequence. The books have been culled from "Methods of labor, " a column in advantageous Woodworking the place woodworkers percentage matters and provide feedback for greater craftsmanship.

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J. Spring Wing nuts allow adjustment of support arm. Lexan plastic guard 47 C H A P T E R T WO Acrylic Tablesaw Guard Acrylic guard ⁄8-in. steel rod 5 Plug fits rip-fence rail. The guard’s main advantage is that it remains in place for most operations, including dado and molding cuts. The inexpensive guard also acts as a hold-down—a safety bonus. The guard frame is a length of 5⁄8-in. The frame fits on the saw by springing slightly so that the plugs snap into the holes. U NLIKE MOST OTHER TABLESAW-BLADE K.

Carbide tips that have been ground too often can reduce kerf clearance and generate enough heat to burn hardwoods. Also, keep your blades clean, especially if you cut softwoods with the same saw. Soap, warm water and a toothbrush can remove the residue that accumulates behind carbide teeth or on the blade side, generating additional friction. Very often when ripping maple—especially thick material that’s not straight-grained or dry—the kerf tends to close back around the blade. The splitter that came with your saw will help keep the pieces separated, or you could wedge the kerf open.

Fit the vacuum’s nozzle through a 2x4 notched to fit its hose diameter. When you’re done, the parts are neatly collected in the vacuum’s barrel. A GOOD WAY TO REMOVE SMALL —D AV I D S H A F F E R , Grand Rapids, Mich. Place nozzle so it sucks up small cutoffs. 51 C H A P T E R T WO Proper Tablesaw Blade Height Blade Without proper safety equipment, a low blade lessens the risk to fingers. Blade guard With a splitter and blade guard, the blade can be raised for a safer and slightly smoother cut.

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