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Old 03-10-2017, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default The Delta Rockwell 34-600



Years ago, Idropped byCurtis Garrett's shop to pick up a band saw that he had restored for me. While there, I took notice of his old Delta table saw and fell in love. I ...
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:09 AM   #2
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Wow that looks a lot like an old Craftsman saw I still have lingering in the garage somewhere. Fence is a little different and color. Nice restoration on that saw though.
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Great looking saw Ryan.

That saw and your Festool stuff will be a great jumping off point for some nice cabinets.

The restoration is really well done!

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Old 03-10-2017, 10:23 AM   #4
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I have the same exact saw too! Restored as well! They're surprisingly powerful saws too, 9in blade. They're quite nice looking. My pictures don't do quite as much justice though...


If you figure out a good way to have an out feed table for the saw let me know!



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Old 03-10-2017, 10:32 AM   #5
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When I finally get set up to do some wood working, it's going to be in a small out-building, away from my cars and hot-rodding shop. Saw dust gets EVERYWHERE.
And unless you have a surgically clean shop, there's always oil and fluids that will stain wood.

There are a lot of plans out there for small shed wood shops.

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Old 03-10-2017, 10:36 AM   #6
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When I finally get set up to do some wood working, it's going to be in a small out-building, away from my cars and hot-rodding shop. Saw dust gets EVERYWHERE.
And unless you have a surgically clean shop, there's always oil and fluids that will stain wood.

There are a lot of plans out there for small shed wood shops.

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Saw dust does get everywhere... Unless you have a plan for that and I do. More on that later, but I've got a modern "system" of tools that I'm testing now and even when routing, there is little to no dust. Reviews soon.

But yeah, my shop is stupid clean. I have a mental illness - I can't be around shit that's not in its place.
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:40 AM   #7
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I have that identical table saw, but mine doesn't look nearly as good as yours. Good saw, but I have a lot of issues with the fence.
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:59 AM   #8
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I have that identical table saw, but mine doesn't look nearly as good as yours. Good saw, but I have a lot of issues with the fence.
I think that's pretty common. Mine is good and square, but I feel like I need to check it every time I set up a cut.

I know their are modern options for replacements, but I can't bring myself to screw up the vintage look. My priorities are pretty ridiculous.
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I have a 34-500, which has the wider base and the 4" jointer running off the motor with dual outputs.
Got it free a couple of years ago, waiting to be restored for one of my sons.
Your's is super clean, great example.
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Nice looking saw, looks like it came out of the box, yesterday.

I feel your pain... the last time the wife wanted new kitchen cabinets, the proposals, once priced out, looked like a phone number (area code and all)
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I have this exact saw with the jointer on the side. It was my grandfathers and my father and I currently share it in a shop we share. Absolutely love it!
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Great job on the storage rack. I recommend that you get a prop or outrigger for the outboard side if you are cutting a full sheet off to the right side to prevent tipping. And the best accessory is a GRRipper.

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Zeke - I had to google the GRRipper. Thanks for the tip!
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Mind your digits son!!
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Ryan, Zeke has the KEY suggestion for you. I used my portable contractor size for years before making the simple modification of creating an out-feed table for my saw whenever I use it. To make it simple I made my saw table height match my 8 ft. plastic folding table. This is the kind you set up to add extra seating for your Thanksgiving meal.




You can see that I now have 8 feet to support long boards as I rip them to size.

My main tip for keeping your digits is to use the saw like you are shooting pool. If right handed, you guide your wood into the blade with your right hand. Your left hand remains with your thumb hooked over the closest table edge never venturing towards the blade. If necessary, use a push stick to hold the board against the fence. The tendency is to watch the blade, but you should watch the wood against the fence always attempting to keep the board edge tight against it.

As for your project, I teach carpentry class adult education and several of my students have tackled this exact project. When cutting sheet goods to size the safest method is to support the 4 x 8 sheet on the floor or 8 ft plastic table. Have a 1 inch sheet of styrofoam between the plywood and the table/floor and adjust the blade to cut 1/2" deeper than your sheet. Use a circular saw to cut to rough size, then use your new table saw to cut to precise and parallel size.

Screwing into the plywood edge is always sketchy and I recommend pre-drilling or using fasteners like Barrel Nuts where you can use a threaded screw.

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Great job on the storage rack. I recommend that you get a prop or outrigger for the outboard side if you are cutting a full sheet off to the right side to prevent tipping. And the best accessory is a GRRipper.

I've got one... and you are right - super great. Makes me feel a little safer anyway. This thing still scares the shit out of me though.

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Ryan, Zeke has the KEY suggestion for you. I used my portable contractor size for years before making the simple modification of creating an out-feed table for my saw whenever I use it. To make it simple I made my saw table height match my 8 ft. plastic folding table. This is the kind you set up to add extra seating for your Thanksgiving meal.




You can see that I now have 8 feet to support long boards as I rip them to size.

My main tip for keeping your digits is to use the saw like you are shooting pool. If right handed, you guide your wood into the blade with your right hand. Your left hand remains with your thumb hooked over the closest table edge never venturing towards the blade. If necessary, use a push stick to hold the board against the fence. The tendency is to watch the blade, but you should watch the wood against the fence always attempting to keep the board edge tight against it.

As for your project, I teach carpentry class adult education and several of my students have tackled this exact project. When cutting sheet goods to size the safest method is to support the 4 x 8 sheet on the floor or 8 ft plastic table. Have a 1 inch sheet of styrofoam between the plywood and the table/floor and adjust the blade to cut 1/2" deeper than your sheet. Use a circular saw to cut to rough size, then use your new table saw to cut to precise and parallel size.

Screwing into the plywood edge is always sketchy and I recommend pre-drilling or using fasteners like Barrel Nuts where you can use a threaded screw.

Have fun!
Yep, I'm on this... plans to come forward soon.
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Super nice lumber storage rack. Great for cutoffs.
Great Job on it!

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Beautiful saw. That man does awfully nice work!
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Super nice lumber storage rack. Great for cutoffs.
Great Job on it!

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Thanks man... It's the first time I've ever tried to make anything "nice" out of wood.

Like I said, the idea here is that I need to make cabinets for the wife that will go inside our dining room. Before I attempt that kind of quality, I'm gonna tackle a couple of projects to get used to the medium.

Obviously, this is just a lumper cart. Nothing special. But I really wanted to work on my measuring, layout, and cut accuracy. My joints actually ended up really tight and the whole thing is dead square. I'm super happy with it from that stand point.

Next, I'm gonna build a woodworking type bench using domino joints, nicer materials, etc...

Once that is done, I'm gonna do an island for my office stepping things up again....

And then, finally, the cabinets for the wife.
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