My Little Table Saw

Step 1:  Speedread woodworking book to become instant woodwork guru.

The term small means different things to different people.  But, in this case, it means I’m saying something with – as they say – my tongue in my cheek.   Recently, I decided that the skill saw in my possession (as nice as it is) – was not up to the approaching cabinet project that I find on the honey-do list.

I looked at saws, and found that most were of the 1 inch tube fold-up frame variety.  This seemed to be a little less “solid” than what I told myself would be the ideal firmness for a table saw.  So, I went a little overboard in the opposite way of thinking – and purchased a contractor saw made by Delta Power Equipment company.  Cost-wise, it was only a little more than the fold-up jobs, which was surprising.

Step 2: Morning of delivery – early coffee – watching frosted window.

The particular Delta model I purchased was quite heavy, so I let the truck deliver it to my temporary assembly site / work area.

Step 3:  Clean a spot for the saw to land on.

So, I cleaned a spot on the floor, and waited for the magic hour.  It was an early afternoon delivery, which I would find to be fortuitous.

Step 4:  Jump for excitement after the delivery is made.  Whew -hoo!

Every retirement-aged boy needs to do this when the new table saw arrives.  It’s normal.

Step 5:  Gulp when I notice weight printed on the side of the box.

I did say it was heavy.  But, fortunately, it was packed very well, and all the pieces and parts were securely tucked inside of the box.  I pulled some small parts out of the box, and then removed the topside styrofoam packing piece.

Step 6: Start the unpacking

Below the topside packing foam I found an assortment of things, including the large tubular frame in two sections, the deck top and motor housing, the T-Square, the side rails, handles, wheels, blade guard parts and pieces, and other things.  The tubular steel of the base frame is all of two and a half inches wide, if not more.

Step 7: Read the assembly instructions

I found a “quick assembly” guide in the box.  Those are always a treat to find, and my main go-to assembly procedure.  I guess quick is a relative term.   Between reading the guide, adjusting my video camera for the unboxing video, and being generally non-speedy about the whole affair, i managed to steal about five hours from old man time in order to have the finished result, shown in Step 8.

Probably, I could do the assembly in two or three hours the next time, but I’m not thinking that’ll ever be necessary.  The spin-crank on the blade height and tilt controls works nice and smoothly:

Step 8:  Finished saw is awesome!

I was impressed by the solid feel of the rubber wheels, and the saw moves around quite well on them.  Of course there is a lock-down that stabilizes the table for actual usage.  Everything lined up well, there were no bent pieces, and the supplied setup feeler gauges said my installation was up-to-snuff.

The table has a nice solid feel to it, and trying the shake it doesn’t faze it much.  I think this was the best choice for me, but time will tell.  Day two will have the first cuts, so stay tuned !

Author: ronaldscheckelhoff

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