over what the heck a table saw should be used for has raged
for a while now.
I made one a while ago
and have been using it around the house and in my shop since then,
and whether or not I know what it was truly designed for, its proven
to be very handy.
Yesterday I had an hour or so to build
the carcase for a utility cabinet to go around the electrical panel
in our basement. I hastily cut and nailed the box together with
clear white pine and cut rose-head nails, but was stymied when the
whole thing wouldn’t fit around the wires running into to the top of
the panel. I needed to relieve the whole upper part of the carcase.
Hmmm… a job for my table saw?
I hastily scribed a pencil line in a
gentle arc that would give ample clearance for the wires and grabbed
my table saw. I was able to track the line pretty easily. I would
say this was the absolute limit of an arc this saw is able to cut. I
think if I set the teeth and ground the blade further I could track
a tighter curve.
Is this a table top? No. Is it a table,
or scarf joint? No. Am I pruning on a gardeners table. No. But the
saw worked like a charm in this instance… quick and easy.
After we figure out who killed JFK and
how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop, maybe
we can turn our attention to what the ‘table’ in table saw really
But until then, I’m just going to use
mine like a narrow-bladed handsaw and use it however I dang well
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