I was looking in my craftsman catalog and saw you can buy somethign
called a molding insert that allows you to make moldings on a table
saw. They also had a "planer/joiner" insert. Can I use that to joint
the edge of boards?
How can I tell what saws those inserts will work on? I am looking ot
maybe buy a better used table saw. How can I tell if one of these will
fit it and what should I look for in a used saw?
A molding head should work on any saw that has an arbor diameter it
will fit. It is advisable that the insert plate have an opening width
sufficient to accommodate the cutters. Before turning on the saw, I
You could use planer cutters to edge join a board but...
1. the board would have to be stood on its side
2. you'd have to rig something the same thickness as the cut to
support the outfeed portion of the board.
IOW, why? It is just worlds easier to edge join on a router
table...as was explained to you at length some time ago.
No, that's not why. The reason is that you never bothered to
try/follow the explicit instructions given you as to how to do it
without a split fence (by "split" I'm assuming you mean one in which
infeed/outfeed sides are independently adjustable for and aft),
without a router table at all...even without a router.
One thing I guarantee...if you buy that joiner from another thread (or
any other joiner) you'll still be unable to join your boards.
I've got one, and after playing with it a few times, it's been sitting
in my Table Saw Bits Box ever since. Much like it did when my father
owned it for something like 10 years before me.
It's kind of neat. I tried the edger thingy, but it wasn't as effective
as a good blade at giving a smooth rip.
The most useful bits I have for it are the tongue and groove inserts.
They're actually pretty good, but for me to make anything actually look
good with 'em, I'll probably have to make a jig to hold the boards
upright nicely so they feed properly.
I've found that between my router and regular table saw blades the
molding blade thing is just unnecessary.
I've got one of those old Craftsman molding heads. It will fit on most
any saw that will accept a dado blade. I couldn't see using one an
anyting smaller or less powerful than a normal contractor's saw. It is
usually necessary (IME, YMMV) to make a few passes at increasing depth
to complete a molding, depending on the exact profile you are aiming
for. As far as the planer/jointer insert, a standard tablesaw blade
can do an excellent job of edge jointing. Check any good tablesaw book
You should be aware that the Craftsman molding heads, as well as the
Delta, use steel cutters, not carbide. There is a more modern design
called a Magic Molder (I believe that is the name) that uses an
aluminum disk with carbide cutters. Seems like a nice setup but was
kind of pricey as I recall.
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