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|12-21-2013, 11:23 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: West Virginia
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I did my first stack cut today. I stacked three pieces of 1/4" plywood and cut out a rose. After looking at a few of the close spots I noticed the bottom piece had been cut through. I stuck a speed square on the table and found the table and blade weren't square. On the positive side the wife still liked the two I was going to throw away and it was an easy quick pattern to cut so it didn't take me hours to find out I screwed up. The table and blade are square now.
|12-22-2013, 12:32 AM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Hamilton, Montana
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Good for you. We have all been there. Share some pics in the future..
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|12-22-2013, 11:13 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Port Angeles, Wa
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I love stack cutting. I tried it after I got Mr. Fox so he did a great job. I do forget to check my blade and table. When I made my bird house, I stack cut the window trimming on the house and then later was going to put the fence around the front of the house, but then decided not to. I made some practice ornaments in stack cutting before I made the bird house, but those were not looking good. It's fun to be able to cut the same design in more than one piece of wood. you can get more done that way. I can't do that with Mr. Moto as his blades are not long enough, but the blades for Mr. Fox are the FD blades from Mikes work shop. Love them. Have a great day Fay
|12-23-2013, 07:33 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Littleton, NC
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Sparkey, happens to many of use. You do not or should not need to check it every time but you should check your table to blade squareness periodically. Even the best made saws can move over time.
P.S. While you are at it check your drill press table. The same thing happens there.
|12-23-2013, 10:48 AM||#5|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Euharlee, GA
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Sparky,Anything adjustable ,will auto adjust from time to time (Murphy)
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|12-23-2013, 11:17 AM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: West Michigan
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Even if your table to blade is set square you might have the issue you referred to if you push against the side of the blade which you have a tendency to due the thicker the stack. Try slowing your feed rate and let the blade do its cutting. Sometimes I will stop feeding momentarily to allow the blade to clear out the sawdust.
Stoney aka Al
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|12-24-2013, 08:32 PM||#7|
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Near Pasadena Calif
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Now that you have squared the table, here is something else along the lines of what Stoney just said. When you get to the end of a line and get ready to turn, stop a little short of the end of the line. The blade has a tendency to cut a little slower on the bottom of a stack cut than the top and this lets it catch up and as Stoney said, clears out the sawdust.Then if you are short of the end of the line, creep up on it.
When you make the turn, pivot the back of the blade on a section of the waste section and turn the teeth of the blade to the new direction.
Stack cutting will really speed up your cutting if you are making multiples of a design.
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and the coming year.