Captain's Table

Mark Austen

2021.05.29 - Adjusting the Table Saw II

My aim was to complete the adjustment of the table saw so that by the end of the day these was back in the workbench and operational. There was a fair bit of preparation work still to do but I think it is a reasonable;e target for the day.

The first order of the day was to add a vertical timber to the bench to support the new skeleton base.

Then it was time to measure and mark out where the cross members of the new base will go. This required several measurements to ensure that they were correct.

The adjusters are made from thick plywood. Here you can see the T-Nuts that will allow the 10mm bolts to raise and lower the new bed.

The sides were laminated so that the screws will be running through the sides and not through the end grain.

For convenience, the sides were added before being cut as it is difficult to put cramps on a sloped surface.

While the glue was drying I cut and put on the side panel.

The adjusters were then cut apart so that there are four, one for each corner.

They are not pretty, but they are robust.

Here is a close up of one of the adjusters. The slot prevents the new bed from moving forward or backward and the bolt lifts the bed. The nut on the top is used to tighten the adjusting bolt once the correct level is reached.

Two adjusters on one side...

And two on the other.

The new bed fits into the adjuster slots but not snugly. A tight fit would prevent the adjusters from working properly.

A piece of thin steel is glued to the bottom of the bed to prevent the bolt from gradually making a hole in the particle board.

The table saw now back in the workbench, properly adjusted and with nothing to stop the sawdust from falling to the ground.

Great.

Time to call it a day, methinks.