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  • AW Extra 1/30/14 - Blade Alignment

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    Blade Alignment I made this rig to check the alignment of my tablesaw blade with the miter gauge slot. I don’t own a precision dial indicator, so I devised one using an ice pick and a continuity tester. First, I slid the ice pick forward until it...
  • Q & A: How tight does my blade have to be?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    How tight does my blade have to be? Q: I have a heck of a time loosening the arbor nut when I switch blades on my tablesaw. How hard do I really have to crank on that nut when I tighten it? A: Don’t knock yourself out tightening that arbor nut!...
  • Q & A: Do blade stiffeners and stabilizers really help?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 22, 2013
    Do Blade Stiffeners and Stabilizers Really Help? Q: I’m trying to get a super-smooth cut on my contractor’s saw. I’ve seen blade “stabilizers” for sale. Do they work? A: Two devices can help both standard and thin-kerf blades...
  • Q & A: Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw Q: I’ve heard of a technique called friction-cutting that allows you to cut steel on a woodworking bandsaw. What is friction-cutting and does it really work? A: Friction-cutting is used in industry for cutting iron-base...
  • Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade Q: I use my jointer to clean up sawn edges before glue-up. The results are great except when I try to joint figured wood. Any suggestions? A: Jointing highly figured wood often leaves nasty tear-out. It’s times like...
  • Q & A: Fix a Misaligned Blade-Guide Post

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Q & A: Fix a Misaligned Blade-Guide Post Q: Every time I change the height of the blade-guide post on my bandsaw, I have to readjust the thrust bearings and the guide blocks. Is there any way to fix this? A: The problem is that your blade-guide post...