Sunday, March 21, 2010

Why I hate the Tablesaw. Reason #7

Well I was ripping the shelf nosings at 45 degrees today. Had a sacrificial piece clamped to the fence that I cranked the blade up into.

Thought I was being clever since I had arranged it so that if the piece moved away from the fence the blade would not dive into the piece, rather it would dive into the offcut. Always easier to remove more material later than add it back on!

So away I went with the first cut. Things were going swimmingly until the end of the cut when I had the "uhoh" moment as I saw the offcut trapped between the blade and the fence. Before I was able to reach over and turn off the saw, the blade pinched the offcut and drove it back, impaling it 4" into the wall. The rest of the offcut shattered and knocked a bunch of stuff off the shelf above. Very impressive. Lucky I was standing off to the side.

So rather than fix the source of the problem by relieving the bottom of the sacrificial piece, I simply moved the piece of MDF over so that the remaining four offcuts hit it rather than the drywall! Just call me Mr. Safety Guy.

The good news is that now the nosings just need a few swipes with the plane and they will be ready to glue to the shelves.

This kind of thing is why I was happy to sell my router table to my friend and fellow woodworker Jamie. I replaced it with a very solid, quiet, and non grabby shaper that I love. And I don't even need earplugs for!

I have to confess that I plan to replace my tablesaw with a Hammond Glider that I have waiting to be restored. It's a super precision sliding tablesaw originally used in the printing industry back in the day. It's sort of the next project after I get the bookcase done.

My dream is to use the bandsaw for everything, and the Glider for precision crosscutting.

Also hit the beach for some more log slabbing on Friday. I thought I had bad luck last time with the maple splitting. This time as I was cutting off one end, the entire log split! Yikes! Never seen that before. Kind of demoralizing. Anyways I still wound up with four pretty good and two OK slabs.

Also picked up another 4" jointer. I only have six other jointers, so clearly I needed another. An old Beaver, it is sooo cute and has potential.


  1. Ha is that an all cast 4" jointer!??? By the way, I can help you make room for more jointers... or planers for that matter. Did you ever get back to that awesome little planer you showed me, by the DH Kiln... think it was blue? The cast iron "Bench top" 12-13"? one.

    Yes, table saws are a bit testy at times. I had a projectile kickback the other day too... hit a machine before it could get to the wall heh... luckily I didn't get "the blues" as I was standing to the side.

    Gah splitting logs! That's kind of strange. Do you have any idea how long that long sat after being cut down? It just really didn't want a second life I guess, how sad.

  2. Hi Nick,

    The jointer is all cast for sure. It also appears to have bearings rather than sleeves so I think it is a worthy restoration candidate.

    The planer you are remembering is a Parks planer. It has been giving me a lot of grief and I am just about ready to give up on it even though I am virtually done on the resto. It won't stay parallel as I adjust the height. Right now it is in the corner with the dunce cap on, I am hoping this punishment will smarten it up as I decide what to do next!

    I was told by the city guy that maple log did not sit very long at all. It came out of a local park and I was milling it within a week. Maybe it was badly weakened when it was falled? Who knows.