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STL 66: SawStop Gets a Slider

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red2ernest red2ernest writes: No dado, no scoring. Long way from
a Hammer or Felder or even a Laguna without
bedding the slider on ways over the frame.
Not very "fine". Time for a comparison piece
on sliding table saws that move the woodworker
out from in front of the blade to the slider
side and takes his hand off the work and onto
the slider. It doesnt have to be a Martin or Altendorf
but those are the reference point for "fine" in this

When the work is located and clamped to a bedded slider, the
result is a cut that is precise and your hands
never go near the saw blade, so there is no need for
the Saw Stop exploding technology. Unless
a dado and scoring are included, any approach to
improved table saw safety is the wrong direction.
But a slider can also make shaping and routing a
hands free operation, processes easily more dangerous
than the circular saw. There is a good argument that
it doesnt make sence to have a quality slider and not
have it also address a shaper/router which is both
more useful and more dangerous than the table saw.
After years of disapointments and accedents
with table saws and loosing my left thumb tip, I chose
a Felder KF700 slider which is a saw haper combo.
Even so I use Air clamps and an overhead
saw guard/dust collector for all my work. My hands
are on the table not the wood and I have a much
improved feel of the cut from handling the slider
with no table or fence drag on the wood. Not everyone
can afford a full sheet slider, but no one should be
deluded to think they can fly a make due add on slider in the
air off the edge of a table saw and improve both
the quality and safety of their work.

Workers with solid slider tooling almost universally
report they dont use the table saw fence, except as
a length stop, eliminating runout stiction and kick back.
The article should be 'Slider looses the Saw Stop'.
But the slider would have to grow up first and Stop
flying loosey goosey out in the air on a spindly card table leg.
Posted: 4:52 am on September 3rd

swagmann swagmann writes: Nice article but what is with the ads prior to all the vidoes Ryan. We are paying customers for FWW internet vidoes. As a paying customer I don't think we should have to put up with being forced to view ads. Is this really necessary?
Posted: 1:03 pm on September 2nd

Mckenna Mckenna writes: The most influential book for me was 'Fine Wood Working on Making Period Furniture'. Like most I knew a little from high school shop but this book was key to understanding where furniture shapes and styles came from with all the nitty gritty details. The tools and techniques are a natural progression after reading this.
Posted: 8:53 pm on August 27th

Avispex Avispex writes: Hi Guys,

Just listened to podcast 66. When Mike could not think of a good book that covers everything from machine use to hand tools, and even includes a few good projects, I instantly thought of Peter Korn's book, "Woodworking Basics - Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship." (I had forgotten that it was a Taunton published work) Not only does this book cover the basic criteria mentioned on the podcast, but it is excellent in its own right and I think it gives a beginner a good chance to develop and appreciation for powered tools and machines as well as hand tools and has great looking projects.

Posted: 7:56 pm on August 26th

potatohead potatohead writes: Love the podcasts. Keep up the good work. And thanks for the occasional silliness. Good to keep woodworking fun!
Posted: 2:34 pm on August 24th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: RE: 'Intro Book':

One book with a little bit of everything is Nick Engler's 'Woodworking Wisdom' - ISBN 0-87596-651-9, Copies can usually be found used for a few dollars at:
Posted: 8:11 am on August 24th

scott44 scott44 writes: Listen to all episodes, great information, but they are just a little to silly for my taste!!
Posted: 6:40 pm on August 23rd

user-2545972 user-2545972 writes: Great podcast! It was my first, but not my last, of the podcasts. There was a good mix of serious conversation and irreverent banter.
Kevin Ferry
Posted: 11:43 am on August 23rd

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