I have a Ridgid TS 2424 in my shop. This year for Christmas SWMBO is
getting me a 40" Biesemey fence and side table for it (meep meep). In
addition I am giving my dad the current side table that I have in return
for one of his side wings from a newer TS3650. the 3650 wing is solid cast
iron as opposed to open cast iron. The one other difference is that the
3650 wing has a beveled front edge. My saw however does not have the
bevel. I am wondering if there is a way that I can add the bevel to the
front edge of the saw? I was thinking that I could rough the bevel with a
hand grinder and files and then sand it smooth with a die grinder. Does
anyone know if this will work, or if there is another way? Or is this just
a bad idea that could lead to a messed up saw. Any advice or suggestions
would be appreciated.
I wouldn't bother. On most table saws that I have seen, the bevel
doesn't match on the wings and the table anyway. If you have been
getting by without the bevel, why do you need it now? Do you ever start
the workpiece from in front of the table?
If you really want to bevel it, you might want to have it machined for
My two cents, (.0245763 CAD)
I don't really know whether the bevel is necessary or not. I've got a
bevel on my JET contractors saw, and a slightly different bevel on the
some-other-brand added-on-later wing. I've never noticed sleds or the
miter gauge hanging up on the edge, but then I don't remember any
hanging up on my old saw that AFAIR didn't have a bevel.
But it should be easy to do. I saw on somebody's web page the following
technique: Scribe a line on the unbevelled table top and another line
on the table front that match the bevel on the wing. Grind most of the
material off with an angle grinder. Sneak up on the scribed line by
drawfiling, and smooth (if necessary) with fine paper on a block.
My first inclination Rob would be to suggest you stay away from the
grinder/die grinder approach unless you're really, really good with those
tools. They really aren't tools designed to cut like that and most folks
would not find it easy to keep a decent line doing what you're describing.
Maybe you're capable of it so I can't say just don't do it, but I'm not sure
I'd try it this way. I guess I'm not sure I understand why you need the
bevel in the first place. But... if you feel you need it and you're
committed to using the grinder, then I'd mark a line and stay a bit shy of
it with the grinder and then bring it home with a belt sander.
for sure... side grinders and die grinders are not what I'd consider
If it was me, I'd as a local machine shop.. probably charge 10 or 20
bucks to do it in their off time, with precision equipment.. YMMV
Using a grinder is a good idea. Just make sure that you always move it along in
a long stroke. That would reduce uneven grinding a bit. Die grinder, um, could
chatter a bit.
In granite countertop fabrication, they use a diamond disk on a grinder to make
the bevel. They then use sandpaper on the a grinder's disk for polishing.
I have a 6-8 flutes countersink bit from HD that would seems to cut metal well.
Use it in a router to clean up the bevel?
Rob Ritch wrote:
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