Showing us new tablesaws, sanders, drills, and lots of helpful shop accessories, representatives from Ridgid and Ryobi came by the WOOD Magazine shop yesterday. Some of these were pre-production samples just to whet our appetite, but others are ready for store shelves now at The Home Depot. We’ll test these tools as soon as possible and provide reviews for you in WOOD Magazine.
First up is Ridgid’s newest version of its jobsite 10-inch tablesaw, model R4510. Read more
After months, heck, years of anticipation the new Delta Unisaw is firmly planted in our WOOD Magazine shop. It arrived last week, and I tore into it Friday after clearing out a space in the shop. With help from a curious throng of spectators (oh wait, those were other WOOD editors), we got it uncrated and set into place in almost no time.
First order of business was attaching the cast iron extension wings, and then leveling them with the table. Read more
Just a quick update on the mobile tablesaw base for those of you playing along at home. For those of you just joining us, here are part 1, and part 2. I’m riffing off of a plan that can be found in the October 2003 issue (no. 151) or for purchase here.
This weekend, I added the wing insert between the long fence rails. It rests on top of the router cabinet. I made it out of a double thickness of 3/4″ MDF, edged in poplar, then covered with some of my formica bonanza from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
The tablesaw base pushes onward. Next step, router cabinet. A little pre-build design work in Sketchup:
So, while it was a tough decision to get rid of the old tablesaw and spring for a new one, I’ve decided that I will keep one memento. I’ll be switching out the fence for the Biesemeyer that was attached to the old saw. In most cases, the fence makes the saw, and I think this will be an improvement here. The fence on this saw has a bit of flex in it. To make up for it, they’ve added a rear locking mechanism, but that’s a bit less convenience than I’m accustomed to. Plus it is in the split-rail style that has become popular among the home center set. Great for shipping purposes. Not overly useful for my purposes.
But while I was in the process, I decided to make some repairs on the fence that were nagging at me. The corner of the fence nearest the operator was beginning to delaminate and some of the plywood plys had begun to work loose and splinter away. It was quickly throwing a good fence out of square. Time to replace the fence board.
Here’s the start of my mobile tablesaw base. I’m riffing off of this design.
Started by dismantling the saw, as is my habit.
Well, I finally had to throw in the towel on my old, second-hand, auction-bought tablesaw. It was my first tablesaw, and I hoped it would be my second-to-last tablesaw, too. My goal was to make it last until I bought “The Last Saw I’d Ever Own.” You know: the 3HP, 52-inch capacity cabinet saw that would have to be dropped in place by crane and not moved again until 2 weeks after my funeral. Read more
… Deep, dark depression! Excessive misery! If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all! Gloom, despair, and agony on me!
The folks around the office are getting tired of me whining that my home computer is out of commission. A lot of you are saying, “so what? It’s just a computer.” Please bear in mind that, as a multimedia editor, this is the equivalent of going from a 5-packs-a-day habit to a cold-turkey-quit. I’m an unrepentant addict. Read more
One of the most memorable parts of the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta last week was stumbling upon the Wood Werks Supply booth. This woodworking supply house in Columbus, Ohio, sells, among other things, Powermatic’s PM2000 cabinet saw. Big deal—a lot of places sell that machine, right? But at Wood Werks, their “Powermatic Customs” program allows you to trick out your saw before they ship it. Read more
As my loyal, loyal readers know (I see you, Dave. Don’t you have a meeting?), the move from the Sooner state saw most of my tools left behind in a defunct dairy bar on my parents’ rambling country estate. But now that we’ve settled back down into Mortgage-town, the remainder of my tools have managed to make their way into my garage.
First order of business, fix up my neglected old tablesaw. I bought a early-to-mid-80s Craftsman contractor saw at an auction a few years back. Plus, a friend and employer from way back in my construction days was retiring and generously gave me a nearly identical saw. I took the best parts of both saws and came up with Frankensaw: