Chop saw is my new best friend! -Jennifer Chaparro, Ever-Green Design Firm


Hello again,

I know, here I am again, like I mentioned on my last post, I’ve been falling behind with two of my entries, but don’t worry I am catching up, once I am done with this one I am up to date! Well, where do I begin.

Cutting wood to build the Airstream furniture.

Cutting wood to build the Airstream furniture.

During this time, April 14, the class has been working their tails off big time! We have been separating ourselves into groups, each group has either been painting the interior of the Airstream, building the seating of the sofa, or dustin off the cedar wood that we were given by Mrs. Ewart, a teacher of our school. This time has consisted off doing work to finish all the building of furniture in the Airstream. As time begins to end for us, we have accomplished a lot, it seems like its hitting us now that we are actually restoring a vintage trailer for future usage.

During these class periods, I was able to use the chop saw multiple times, I like using it because I am able to control how I want to cut the wood, and also, personally, I feel like it is a stress reliever with all the noise that the saw makes. It isolates all the noises around me, causing me to only focus on one thing, cutting the piece of wood.

The research that I am going today will consists over how to use a chop saw. The first thing you should now is what a chop saw is. A chop saw is used for making accurate crosscuts on a pice of wood, the saw makes cuts by pulling a spinning circular saw blade on a piece of wood in a short, controlled motion. The first thing you want to do before using a chop saw is to make sure your saw is in good conditions and capable of cutting the piece you are using. You should know that a 14 inch saw can cut through a 5 inches of thickness, but only with the correct blade and support. Check the switch, cord, clamp base and guards, make sure they are in good conditions. The next step is to provide suitable power, the saw require 15 amps minimum at 120 volts, make sure you don’t use a long,small gauge extension cord. Next, choose the correct blade for the material, thin blades cut the quickest, but a slightly thicker blade handles better. The fourth step is to use safety equipment to protect you while cutting, that is safety googles for protecting from wood dust going near your eyes. You also want to set up your saw right, when you are cutting flat bar, set the work in the clamp vertically, so the cut is through a thin layer the whole way. Always check the set up, use a square to test that the face of the disk is square off the steel just in case the ground is sloping or wrong. Remember to always keep the blades clean, after a saw has been used for a while, metal and disk residue builds up inside the steel guard, you will see it when you are changing the disk. You should always mark your cuts firsts, this allows you material to get a really accurate cut, then set it in position with the clamp nipped up tightly. Beware of wasting the blade, if you are pushing it a bit much you will see dust coming off the blade, this shows that you are wasting the blade. You can use some tricks for different materials, for example for heavy material that is hard to move, nip the clamp tightly, adjust by tapping the end of the material with a hammer or your hand until is is on the spot. You should always remember to keep you eyes on the blade and wood, do not get distracted, you don’t want to have a finger missing.

It is important when building anything to focus on what you are doing, this way you know whats up and you don’t harm either yourself or others. Before using tools its better for you to do research on what you are going to use and do, you want to be aware of the item you are using, be very pre-cautious with tools, they can cause harm if not used properly.

This is basically what we did during class during this time frame, and I apologize for the tardiness… again. I’ve catched up, and I will be more cautious of what I am supposed to do. Thank you and save your fingers from a chop saw! Toodle li do!




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