Boy, there’s nothing more frustrating than making a table saw cut on a finished piece and finding it to be a half degree off from 90 degrees! Or, that your blade is burning its way through the wood (when you know you just brought it back from the sharpener). All you get is another piece of wood for the kindling pile. And at the cost of cherry today… (don’t get me going!).
Craig Ruegsegger, senior editor for Woodsmith, ShopNotes, and Workbench magazines and head of August Home Publishing’s video group, will be at the Woodsmith Store this Thursday, Jan. 25th, to present a seminar on "Setting Up Your Table Saw for Perfect Cuts." I just visited with Craig and he says he’s "going to get into the bowels of the machine." (Okay, this should be interesting!) He did tell me he is going to try to show you up close (and personal) on our 42" plasma screen monitors how to tune up your saw.
Of course, every saw is a little bit different, but I think you will learn the basics on how to clean up your saw, adjust the tilt mechanisms, check the arbor for runout, check blade alignment and tilt stops, align the motor and pulleys, level the table, and of course, set the miter gauge, the rip fence and the guard.
This is all important stuff. Can he get through it all in an hour? Come and see!
As an aside: Joel was out of town this week and I quickly realized "you never know what you’ve got til it’s gone!" He usually does a great job of pulling together all of the articles for the handout and then setting up some more information as a free download here on www.WoodworkingSeminars.com. I’m a lot more "computer-challenged." I could get the articles together for the handout but trying to patch together the other ones in a special format for downloading off a web page — Forget it!
Not to mention the fact that Brandi, our administrative assistant who usually runs off the handouts on our copy machine, was also out this week. So, here’s the deal. This week, ALL the articles will be in the handout. It makes for a lot of information (and me spending a lot of time monitoring the copy machine and 3-hole punch). There won’t be any additional downloads.
Though I may be "computer-challenged," fortunately I’m not "table saw-challenged." I don’t know about you, but I’m sure I can still pick up a few tips this Thursday night. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
P.S. If you haven’t already purchased a season ticket, don’t forget this is a great way of saving money! If you use all of the "SawBuck$ Coupons" that come with a season ticket, the seminars can be as low as $1.58 each.
P.P.S. Chris Snider from the Des Moines Register’s "Juice" newspaper made it to last week’s seminar and posted his report (complete with photos!). It’s good, take a look at it.