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- Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 23:32
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- Created on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 04:54
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Many many years ago I purchased a Wobble Wheel Dado Blade. For those of you who do not know this blade, it is an interesting invention where a single blade is mounted in housing that when you turn the housing base, it offsets the wheel in stead of running true. The more you offset the blade the wider the dado it will cut. The blade works fine, although mine seems to be a bit sticky and harder to move in recent years. I have also heard many people who don't like wobble wheel dado blades, explaining that the blades don't give perfectly flat bottom dados because of their design, the bottoms are slightly convex or hollowed.
If you check out the previous video I did on this, you can see that ... yes, there is ... barely a dip in the dado cuts, but honestly, I think in most situations this would be more than acceptable for most people. I also have a stacked dado blade set that I use most often, mostly because it is more accurate for cutting size of dados I need.
Personally, my only real complaint with wobble wheel dado blades is that in order to get a snug fitting dado, you need to fiddle around with them setting, testing, re-setting and re-testing. All this takes time and I have always thought it would be nice to have some sort of a jig that I could use that I could set the blade width before putting it into the table saw, that would be accurate and give me the kinds of dados I want.
- Created on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:24
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Before starting any project, it’s important to take a few minutes to make sure all of your equipment has been properly adjusted. Your table saw will give the best results if the miter slot and the rip fence are adjusted parallel to the blade. If either of these are not parallel, your cuts and your finished work will be lower in quality, and the risk of kickback will be increased. Here’s how to make sure your table saw blade is aligned to the miter slot.
Disconnect the saw from the power source: A common sense step that is so easily forgotten when we’re excited to start a new project
Use an adjustable square to measure the distance from the miter slot to a single tooth on the blade. It is generally easier to check on the opposite side as the blade tilts because you can see the end of the square better when the blade is tilted. Make sure that the face of the adjustable square is even along the miter slot. With the end of the adjustable square just touching the edge of the tooth, lock the square in place, and then mark the tooth with a felt tip pen.
Rotate the blade towards the other end of the table insert. Slide the adjustable square down and compare the distance using the same tooth. If there is a gap, measure it with a feeler gauge. If it is closer, then reset the square using the rear position and measure the gap at the front position. Place a piece of masking tape on the table where you measured the gap, and write the measurement on the tape.
Tilt the table to 45° and repeat these steps. If the blade is not parallel within specifications at one or both positions, then it will need to be adjusted depending on the type of table saw you have.
- Created on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 20:50
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There are always new people interested in woodworking, and often these are younger people who have an interest in learning how to do woodworking and the best way of teaching them is getting them involved in making something. In the past I have made bird houses, and they are fine, but more recently I discovered another project that is still quite easy, but this one gives the woodworking student something to take away and something they can use in the future ... their very own tool tote.
It's easy to make, can be made with power tools or hand tools, there are many different designs, sizes and methods of making these all of them have their own unique advantages and perfect build for helping to teach newcomers to woodworking some of the finer techniques and methods.
I prefer to use Pine, or some other softwood as it is lighter in weight, so less to carry around. Softwoods are usually less expensive and easier to "work" than hardwoods, and if you make a mistake, it's not too costly to fix or replace. What's nice with this design is it doesn't take all that long to make, the tote works great and you can use a wide variety of tools in making and assembling it.
- Created on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:28
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Here I am back at the annual "Tractor and Industrial Swap Meet" and as usual you never really know what is going to be for sale at these events until you attend them. Last year I picked up a great little woodworking plane, this year, I left empty handed, but I still had fun snooping around and seeing all the different things for sale.
This year there was not the volume of woodworking tools but there was a nice variety of woodworking and re-finished furniture for sale that I often use for ideas on other pieces I might want to make.
One thing that did catch my eye this year was the use of iron and wood used together for tables, mirrors and other things, something I might experiment with in the future. There is something about mixing different kinds of mediums together that can make for some interesting furniture pieces.
I am looking forward to the 2017 swap meet and in the mean time there are plenty more other swap meets around to take up my time and help cultivate new ideas ....