Thursday, August 24, 2017
Woodworking for Wargamers: Miter Saw Bench, Post #4
The first picture shows my brand new Festool track saw all set up and ready to rip (cut length wise along the grain) a 8 ft x 4ft sheet of 1/2 inch plywood. The resulting 2, 8ft x 2ft sheets will form the upper and lower decks of the workbench.
Looking at that gleaming festool straining at the starting line makes me think "Gentlemen, start your engines" - varooom!
I needed to use 2 of the eight foot long 2x4's to cut the 6 31 inch lengths (3 from each). So how can I really tell if their the same length? Eyeballing isn't always that accurate, but I could....
SAFETY TIP: just behind the cut-offs you notice that my table saw blade is fully retracted. Whenever I'm not using the saw I fully retract the blade to prevent damage to it AND me. I also unplug the unit. The protruding "shark fin" is the riving knife which is stationary and not sharp. It's there to help prevent kick back. Some people take these off their saws as they can limit the things you can do. Almost invariably, those people acquire the nickname "Stumpy". Leave the riving knifes on your table saw.
As you progress in woodworking one of the first things that change is your tolerance for cut accuracy. When first starting out its 1/4 of an inch +/- is fine but as you get more experience that gap reduces. I'm a mid skill person so I'm in the 1/32 on an inch range.