STL257: Barry gets a tablesaw

This episode is sponsored by Peters Valley

Question 1:

From Jon:
I just recently found the podcast and have been working my way through (and thoroughly enjoying) the back catalog. A lot of it goes over my head as I am still very much a beginner but I feel like I am learning a lot for all of you. I have sought out the many episodes discussing what table saw is right for a beginner and if a job site saw is worth it or not and the the same for buying an old contractor saw with a terrible fence that requires hitting it with a hammer. Though, I found that one about three weeks too late. Which leaves me in my current predicament and with my questions for you. In 2020 I bought a Dewalt Jobsite saw. I haven’t used it much because it is so bad and so inaccurate I could never get could square or straight cuts. I finally built a an outfield table and modified the fence to be longer. It was a little better but not much. About a month ago I bought an old Delta contractor saw. It seemed great but the fence definitely required a mallet and a lot more patience than I have. I almost bought a Vega fence but I couldn’t bring myself to spend more on the fence than the saw. I bought the Kreg precision band saw fence and used a 4’ piece of extruded aluminum. It works pretty well but has some deflections and I am not getting a clean cut. I am going to try adding some support in the form of some mdf and see if that gives it enough stability. Anyway, long story too long, am I better off dealing with what I have or buying a hybrid Grizzly or Laguna F1. Ultimately I want a saw stop but I feel like I should get either the contractor or professional in the 36” right cut. I can’t decided if it is worth waiting until I can afford a good saw with a really good fence as my frustrations have been with accuracy or just settling and getting the grizzly, Laguna or a sawstop with a lesser fence. I also bought myself a Makita Track saw and have thought about trying to set up an MFT table top but that seems like it will end up being as expensive as anything else. Sorry for the long winded question. I just always prefer too much information to too little. Thanks keep up the good work and great content. Can’t wait to see what you do in the new shop. 

Question 2: 

From Chris:
I have officially run out of floor space in my shop. I just bought a scroll saw on Craigslist, and I have nowhere to store it. I am thinking about making a cabinet style base out of plywood for my band saw, and putting a shelf in there to store the scroll saw when not in use.

My bandsaw is the standard Grizzly “Ultimate 14″ bandsaw” and has the included base, modeled off the old Deltas. It is crazy heavy, and I’m wondering if there is a construction method with a relatively small footprint that could support the weight. Would vibration be worse on a plywood box than the current metal stand? I’d still like the whole thing to be mobile, and I’d be fine buying nice casters or a different mobile base to make it work.


Barry- Bowed caul

Anissa – spacers for all the things!

Ben – All-time favorite tool – The Veritas pocket plane

Question 3:

From Jake:
I know Anissa has spoken on an old episode about seeing woodworking parallels in non-woodworking real world scenarios. you guys asked to share any if we had some so i though id share that i just had to explain to my wife that the rows left from the lawn mower alternate light and dark (based on which way i pushed) because of the chatoyance of the grass, and that i have to cut the rows parallel to the street otherwise if it was perpendicular to the street youd see the “end grain” when looking from the street, and no one wants to see endgrain…these made perfect sense in my head but when i said them out loud i sounded crazy. 

Here’s a question, i find that i spend months and months on a piece of what i like to think is fine furniture, but then throw some crappy stick on footpads on the bottom so the piece doesn’t scratch the floor. best case scenario i get the plastic ones with a spike in the middle to go in the endgrain bottom of the leg of the piece. is there a “finer” version that i dont know about? maybe people make them our of what? i guess what I’m asking is what do you guys, or the fine furniture makers yore, put on the bottom of furniture to prevent scuffing?

Question 4:

From Bob:
I have another planing question.  I’m planning on building a better work bench than I now have.  I want to laminate the top. Most instructions direct the use of a jointer and player which I don’t have.  They usually say to glue it up in sections, flatten the sections, then glue the sections together.  Since I’ll be hand planing the top, is there any benefit to doing it in sections rather than gluing it all up and planing the whole top at once?

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