Thank you, Leon, that will be quite useful. I assume you have this fence?
If so, could I impose on you sometime you are in your shop and ask you to
measure the length of the "T" to which the fence attaches? It lools to be
12"-14" and I am sure the length is not critical but the shorter it is the
shorter I can make the rail, not a lot of room left in my workshop :(
The T is 16" long and the fence is about 46" long.
FWIW the longer "T" affords easier minute adjustments when squaring to
the miter slots.
I will add that this is on the "industrial" SawStop. The smaller
professional and contractor saws also have smaller fences.
Keep in mind, if you do not have a right extension table that the right
side of the T dictates that the front rail has to be longer than your
desired rip width by the width of the fence plus the length of the right
side of the T. If you wanted 50" rip capacity the rail needs to be
And you have to have a right side table that extends a few inches past
your desired rip capacity to hold up the far in of the fence.
I have the small Delta fence that looks exactly like the Bessimier and
Saw Stop fence. I put it on my 1954 Rockwell/Delta contractors saw. It
works fine and cost around $150 a while ago, and still well under $200
Any way, the "T", which is a piece of angle iron, is
13 3/4" long on mine, and I have the short fence version, not the long
one. I'd think the long one just has longer rails, but not sure. Also,
the rear rail serves no recognizable purpose, far as I can tell. I use
it to mount a rear extension table.
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I am not a YouTube expert, but the hundred or so total videos I have watche
d have all appeared good to me. They had clear pictures, steady pictures,
and good sound. About the same as my television screen. Wonder what kind
of video recorder you need to do high quality internet videos? I can still
remember the televisions from the 1970s that were black and white, size of
a refrigerator on its side, and had grain on the screen about 1/4" in size
. You would have to be an expert in video manipulation to get a modern You
Tube video to look that bad.
I am not a YouTube expert, but the hundred or so total videos I have watched
have all appeared good to me. They had clear pictures, steady pictures, and
good sound. About the same as my television screen. Wonder what kind of
video recorder you need to do high quality internet videos?
As with most things, it is more about technique than equipment. One can
have the absolute best of whatever and use it poorly, conversly, poor
equipment can give good results when used knowledgeably.
IME, the poor craftsman is constantly searching for better equipment
thinking that will magically elevate the quality of his work. Doesn't.
No, but what it does do is tell him that it's not the equipment. I've
had saws, both jig and circular, that _would_not_ cut a straight line.
I thought it was me. A decent saw made all the difference. My track
saw is a *hell* of a lot more accurate than my circular saw, even with
a fence (which tends to move). There is something the be said for
A good craftsman doesn't blame his tools, he stops the project to tune or
acquire a tool that will give him the results he desires.
Circular saws seem like such simple things that it's hard to make them
bad. They found a way, though! I pronounced one circular saw I had
borrowed dead when I saw the way the blade moved so readily side-to-side.
Bad bearings or something. I stopped the job and found another saw... a
handsaw but at least it was still sharp!
This post is about the juxtoposition of thought... The "good craftsman"
saying is actually about a "bad craftsman" and circular saws are simple
enough it's easy to make them good.
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Actually there are some sears tools that are better than others.
I have a portalign portable drill press. Dead on straight, while the
General and other brands are not.
I have had other tools from Sears that were pretty good too.
_But There also are a ton of their tools that are earn them the Crapsman
I was replacing an oak handrail volute for a client who was way too
hands on and thought he knew how to do everything and made sure he told
I was making a preliminary cut just to remove the old, bad section. I
measured thrice, drew a line, and went out to the van to get a saw. I
came in with my cheap but effective and super-sharp Japanese style pull
saw. The guy looked at me like I was an amateur and started saying
things like, "Hey, I have a really good Milwaukee Sawzall if you want to
use it." "How is that going to..." and at about that moment, I
My cut was so straight, clean, and perfectly on the line that it ended
up being my final cut. The dude's demeanor totally changed and he was
all, "Wow, man, I've never seen anybody use one of those. That thing
cut like butter." I said, "Yeah, I can just control this saw better
than an electric one. Plus, I'm done with the cut by the time I plug in
an extension cord."
Then I explained how a powered saw could jump around and would be too
course of a cut. Then I showed him how I avoided cutting into the other
sections of handrail that were very close to where I was cutting, etc.,
I don't know what that has to do with your story, but it reminded me of
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