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post #21 of 29 Old 11-24-2017, 04:44 PM
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The arbor (is that the shaft?) is 5/8" on the C10RJ. I have not taken the saw out of the box so it is returnable at this point. Will that length allow me to use a dado set?
I looked up the specifications on the saw and it will allow a 13/16" dado set. https://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-C10RJ.../dp/B01N5PY1E8
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I'm not a power tool guy, so everyone else here has already given you better advice than I can on the table saw. What I will say, though, is that an actual class is generally the best way to learn a skill. You might look around for Woodcraft or Rockler stores near you: they both run classes, and if they don't have something useful they may know someone who will.
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Is that a pretty standard size dado set?
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Lots I am sure. A lot on the lake with a single or doublewide can go for 1/2 million before improvements. We are just off the lake with a backyard walk way to our dock. We like it. Many of our friends have moved off the lake bc of lake traffic and such. We purchased this shack as a foreclosure and have been making renovations slowly. Now I am ready to push forward.
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Is that a pretty standard size dado set?
Yes, a standard dado set comes with two 1/8" blades and four 1/8" chippers and one 1/16" chipper making 13/16" if you put all of them on at once.
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Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your new table saw!

One of the best resources I found on woodworking has been the public library. There are many excellent books for beginners like you and me. Give it a try. Books have helped me a lot.

Focus on the safety lessons first. They could save a limb or even your life.
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Thank you all for the warm welcome and the advice. I have taken up watching safety videos about operating table saws. A little scary at first but I think it is goo d to be forewarned. Today I am picking up a stack of books from the library on woodworking. My son is checking out the community college for a woodworking class we can take together, he turns 21 in a couple of days.
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Thank you all for the warm welcome and the advice. I have taken up watching safety videos about operating table saws. A little scary at first but I think it is goo d to be forewarned. Today I am picking up a stack of books from the library on woodworking. My son is checking out the community college for a woodworking class we can take together, he turns 21 in a couple of days.
When you watch safety videos be sure to scrutinize them. Often the person making the video doesn't know what they are doing. The important thing about a table saw is sometimes a board will warp as you are cutting it and grab the blade. At that time the saw can try to throw it at you. It's important to always have your hands where if the board would suddenly come toward you your hands won't go toward the blade. The most dangerous time when operating a table saw is when you have your hands behind the blade. Often someone will reach over the blade to pick up a board they have just cut operating the saw without a guard. Then they slip and drop the board on the blade and instead of just letting it go try to retrieve the board drawing their hands into the blade. The thing to do is throw your hands up and let the saw have the board. The worst it can do is throw it at you and give you a little bruise.
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Hi Jeannag--A tablesaw is one of the most useful tools you can own. I've been working with inexpensive Craftsman tablesaws, similar to the Hitachi, for years and . . . they're not great but they get the job done and I think I've become a better woodworker because they're not great. If that makes sense.

I'll add one more bit of advice--check out Paul Sellers' videos on YouTube. He's a phenomenal instructor.
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