The other night I was preparing a cutting board blank, and while walking from the out-feed side of the planer to the in-feed side is slipped out of my hands. Instinctively I reached to catch it, and got reminded how sharp would can be. As I grabbed it, the freshly milled 90 degree corner sliced off 3 or 4 layers of skin about 1/4″ wide by 2″ long on my right index finger.
I didn’t even realize what happened at first, then 20 or 30 seconds later I felt what I thought was water or sweet running across my palm. When i looked, I realized it was blood and that the edge had cut me like a razor blade. This isn’t the first time I’ve been cut by a chunk of wood, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. If you Learn anything from my blog, I hope that its to always be safe, because even something that seems benign can hurt you.
I’ve wanted an out-feed table ever since I got my first table saw 10 years ago, but for one reason or another I never made one. Now That I’m on my second saw, I made having an out-feed table mandatory. Over the last 3 weeks I put other projects aside, and even skipped mowing the yard one weekend so that I had time to build a table.
A while back I saw this tip in fine woodworking on how to make a drill press accessory shelf. I thought the shelf was a great idea, because it allows you to keep other bits, and the chuck close at hand, but off the main table. The shelf I made is slightly large than the one in the article, and it adjustable, as it’s a loose fit around the column.
I love just about everything about my Rikon 10-325 14″ bandsaw, It has plenty of power, accuracy, and re-saw height. I got it on sale from Highland Woodworking, for $800 if memory serves, and with some starter blades and shipping it was delivered to my door for a little over $1000, so it’s a pretty god deal as far as bandsaws go. The one thing I don’t love about it, is the tool holder it came with. Short of swapping out the motor, everything can be adjusted with the 4 Allen keys and 2 open/box wrenches that came with it.
The conundrum is that the tool holder that mounts to the spine is only for the Allen keys. Thus You have to find a place to store the wrenches. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but the wrenches are needed every time you want to change the blade or adjust the guides. Since storage space is at a premium in my shop, I usually spend several minutes trying to figure out what drawer I put the wrenches in last time I used them. Last week I decided enough is enough, and I made a new tool holder. It’s made from some scrap 8/4 hard Maple, and rare earth magnets. The Allen keys sit in holes drilled into the top of the holder just like the original, while the wrenches are held in-place by the magnets.
The last and most important step in making a cross cut sled, is attaching the fences to the base. The most common method of doing this is making the fences parallel to the front and back of the sled base. The issue with this methods is that it’s based on the assumption that the front and back of the base is perpendicular to the saw blade. As I mentioned previously I use the two separate bases method. This method gives you a reference edge perfectly parallel to the saw blade, because the edge was made by the saw blade.