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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw - Part 3: Adjusting the blade alignment

As mentioned in Part 2, the saw didn’t arrive with the blade perfectly aligned to the miter slots. Per the manual this looked to be a relatively easy task, so with a fairly short window of shop time today and no more pressing projects ahead of it, I decided it was a good day to get that done. 494 more words

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Heavy Duty (and Cheap) Workbench

After months of searching on Craigslist I was not able to find a 7+ foot workbench that was made of solid wood. I was getting increasingly frustrated so I began looking online for different plans to make my own. 384 more words

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Real Life Reviews - Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw - Part 2: Setting up and first uses

With the new saw assembled, it wasn’t long until some projects arose which needed it.  Before they could begin, though, the saw needed to be set up. 782 more words

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Crosscut Sled

My first project was to make a crosscut sled for my tablesaw. It’s a simple design that uses MDF and 2x4s. My wife even made me a “ 24 more words

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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 1: Purchase and assembly

When you have gotten used to having a tool of a particular standard, not having an equivalent one has a way of gnawing away at you every time you find yourself at the point where you would have used the other tool. 1,586 more words

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Tablesaw/Router Workstation - Part 2c: Router Top

In this last part, I wanted to review the build of the router top.

To start, I used the router base to trace a template in the top for the insert. 171 more words

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Tablesaw/Router Workstation - Part 2b: Side Supports

After the main body was complete, I began to build the side supports. These are really going to help cutting down long sheets and dimensions lumber on the table saw or routing with router. 86 more words

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