You don't even need aZCI with a sled, but you can do what I do.
I use a sacrificial top on my sled. It's thin MDF (3/16"?) screwed down
to the sled that I just move over to cover the slot. The first pass
through the blade give you your ZC line. When you switch to a larger
blade/stack, it cuts through the sacrificial top to make a wider ZC line.
When you switch to a narrower blade, you just unscrew the MDF, move it
over to close the gap, screw it down, and start over. Very fast and
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
If the blade stiffener is 1/8" and the Irwin is 3/32" then
the afore mentioned "smidgen" = ~ 3/32" wider.
Another consideration when switching to a thin kerf:
On Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6:57:17 PM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:
I just tried out the irwin-marples-10-saw-blade-80t-hi-atb that I got on eBay
First, it's the same thickness as the $30 40-tooth Diablo that had won the
earlier quality-of-cut trials. 3/32". No need for a new ZCI or sacrificial
top on the sled.
As far as quality-of-cut, I'll give it a slightly higher rating than the
$30 Diablo. $38 vs. $30 better? Barely. Full price at $50-$60 vs. $30 better?
I can't speak to longevity since I don't cut a lot of plywood, but my bookcase
project should give me some indication. I'll run the Irwin for the plywood
until it either gives out or completes the job. We'll see how it does.
On Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1:18:03 AM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've never tried sawdust infused gravy, but I did mkae stuffing waffles on
Friday day morning.
A couple of us had them with eggs on top, others just used maple syrup.
Both ways were delicious. A tradition has been born!
I need to work on the presentation, but stuffing doesn't tend to pour
as well as waffle batter. It's more of a spread and sqush process.
On Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 9:52:00 PM UTC-5, DerbyDad03 wrote:
I tested 3 blades today.
1 - A Bosch 60 tooth blade that came with my miter saw. It's on my
miter saw right now for some crap cuts, so I figured I might as well
try it for comparison.
2 - A Diablo 40 tooth general purpose blade on the table saw. This is
my "standard" blade. The one on the table saw is basically new. I have
another one that I plan to get sharpened.
3 - An Irwin-Marples 80 tooth Hi-ATB blade on the table saw.
I cross-cut 3 species using a sled: Poplar, Maple and Padauk
I made my choice of the smoothest cut and then had SWMBO give me her
opinion. She was totally unbiased because she had no idea which blade
made which cut. Her test was 100% tactile.
Without hesitation, the Bosch cut on the miter saw was deemed the worst
in all three cases. No surprise. Single finger swipe, decision made.
The comparison between the Diablo blade and the Irwin blade was much more
difficult. For both of us, it took multiple swipes before a decision was
made. For the Paduak and the Poplar, we both felt that the Irwin was slightly
smoother than the Diablo. For the Maple, we both chose the Diablo.
After SWMBO made her choices, I told her the price of the blades. She agreed
that in the cases where the Irwin was smoother, an $8 higher price (eBay) was
reasonable. When I told her that the Irwin typically sold for $50-$60, she
agreed that a $20-$30 price difference was not reflected in the difference
in the quality of cut.
Comparing longevity will be tougher. Maybe I'll leave that to someone else.
For now, I'll leave the Irwin on the table saw and put the Diablo on the
miter saw. That will get me through my bookcase project with 2 blades
that perform close enough to "equally well" for my purposes.
On Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:23:38 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
I've never had good luck with those really fine-toothed plywood
blades, either for the table saw or circular saws. I have an Avante
80T carbide blade for my TS that isn't terrible. It's no WWII but it
works. I'm not sure what you expect from a $10 blade, though.
BTW, it wasn't in backwards, was it? DAMHIKT ;-)
On Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:43:09 -0800, Electric Comet
Home Depot just sells what people want to buy. They're not a high-end
woodworking store, like say, Highland. I'd be surprised if HW sold
such (but even their customers may want to buy such) but the likes of
HD, Sears, and HF sell what the greatest (common denominator) number
of people want. If you want to blame someone, blame the (generic)
customer. You may not always get what you pay for but you're
certainly not going to get something you didn't pay for.
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