Sawing Versatility (continued)
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14-26. A tilted table and a miter gauge with an
extension create a perfect V-block. Always place the
miter gauge so it is on the down side of the table.
round stock requires extra caution because its shape makes
the workpiece difficult to hold. Warning: The teeth of
the blade can catch the stock, spinning it out of your hands,
or worse, dragging your hands into the blade. For this reason,
round stock should always be supported and guided with the
miter gauge or a V-block.
14-27. Use the miter gauge to corsscut round stock.
By attaching a stop block to the left side of the table,
you can accurately cut duplicate lengths.
ripping a round piece, such as a lathe turning, use the miter
gauge with an extension locked in a tilted table to form a
14-26). When cross-cutting round stock, use the miter
gauge to push the stock into the blade. Hold the stock firmly
while you're working. By clamping a stop block to the left
side of the table, you can cut duplicate lengths of dowel.
Make sure the back edge of the stop block does not extend
beyond the front edge of the blade (Figure
14-27). Warning: Be careful when making the cut because
the blade guide must be raised to accommodate the miter gauge
face. This exposes the blade.
14-28. When cutting spiral grooves in dowels and
rounds, the table tilt determines the "pitch"
of the spiral and the miter gauge determines the depth
14-28 demonstrates a setup that can be used to form spiral
grooves in dowels or larger rounds. The spiraling can be done
on dowels before they are cut into lengths for use in glue
joints, or it may be done just for decorative purposes. Tilt
the table from 10° to 20° depending on the "pitch" you want,
and lock the miter gauge in position to control the depth
of cut. Slowly rotate the dowel to make the cut. This is a
good way to mark stock for spirals that you handshape on the
14-29. Construction details of a special V-block.
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V-Block-If you make a special V-block, you can use the
bandsaw to accurately form half-round or quarter-round moldings
from dowel, rounds, or from pieces that you have shaped on
the lathe. Figure
14-29 shows how to make the V-block. The V-block guide
that rides in the kerf keeps the stock aligned throughout
the pass (Figure
14-30). Be sure to saw the kerf exactly on the centerline
of the V. Position the V-block by moving it past the blade
and then installing the guide. If the guide isn't a tight
fit, use a C-clamp at the base of the block to close the kerf
about the guide. Make certain to clamp the V-block so it is
parallel to the edge of the table (Figure
14-30. The guide rides in the kerf and keeps the
stock perfectly aligned throughout the pass.
14-31. Be sure the V-block is clamped in a position
that is parallel to the table's edge. Lathe-turned pieces,
as well as simple rounds, can be halved, even quartered.
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