Damn lightning knocked me off and I had typed this nice little old
message up. Anyway, the Reader's Digest condensed version.
Having problems with teeth marks on the wood using WWII, remember?
Checked the set up as best I could without having the dial guage and
all. Looked pretty good to me.
Decide to see if sawdust or something might be between the blade and the
blade flange. As I was taking the blade off I remembered something I
forgot to mention in last weeks message. The washer between the nut and
the blade is a PITA to take off. The washer won't slide off nicely; I
try spinning it off and the washer spins on the arbor. I have to use a
wrench to gently persuade the washer to come off. After taking the blade
off and blowing the arbor and underside of the table clean, I put the
blade back on but I leave the washer off thinking that this washed might
be part of the problem. I have the Forrest 5" dampner on the outside of
the blade as well.
I ran a few pieces of wood through. The walnut came out flawlessly. I
was impressed. The maple came out damn clean as well or so I thought.
With a third or fourth look at the maple, you can see and feel
teethmarks, but nowhere near what I was seeing the first time I set up
this blade. The piece of maple I ripped was a section of unfinished
flooring. The cut with the WWII blade is smoother than the top of the
So here's the things I'm thinking about:
1. What kind of piece of crap washers is Delta handing out?
2. Was the washer to blame? It seems flat, but not as flat as the dampner.
3. Why am I seeing the majority of the teeth marks on the first so many
inches of the wood? Almost like as soon as the wood comes out the back
of the blade the teethmarks stop.
4. Is the problem the fact that I don't have a splitter set up? Just
thought of this one. I don't use the guard which has a built in splitter
and I don't have a splitter in the table insert. Been meaning to get one
in there to help with kickback, but I don't have much kickback to mention.
In any case, I can live with the result from the WWII with a smile on my
face, but if I can get it that little bit of teethmarks gone, by
changing my technique or putting in a splitter, so much the better.