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Sometimes known as 'saw cats' or 'builders' saws', and available in both general and heavy duty models, with a range of saw diameters from 61/2 in (165 mm) to 10 in (254 mm)—the smallest size will cut slightly over 2 in (50 mm) thicknesses, and up to 3 1/2 in (89 mm) for the largest. As a rule all these saws are well balanced, fully adjustable for depth and any angle of cut up to 45°, with automatic retractable lower guard and fixed upper guard, splitting- or riving-knife and ripping fence. In spite of their somewhat fearsome aspect they are safe in use, as the blade is at all times covered, and overloading merely stalls the motor. A range of saw-blades is available: combination-saws for ripping and crosscutting; crosscut for fast, smooth crosscutting and there-

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fore more suitable for plywood than the coarser cut combination-blade; planer-blades which give a very smooth cut and can be relied upon not to rag out the cross grain of ply or crumble particle board; flooring-blades designed for cutting through occasional nails but very suitable for resin-bonded chipboards etc., which quickly dull the edge of average saws; and a range of soft-metal cutting saws. Heavy gauge sheet-steel pedestal saw-tables or bench-stands can be obtained for these saws, but they can never have the accuracy of the orthodox table saw, and should, therefore, be regarded as a compromise solution only. Probably the chief uses for these saws in the furniture industry are the crosscutting of random plank and ripping up large sheets of plywood which cannot be handled on the normal table saw.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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