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  • Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

    I've had the 3650 for a couple of years and love it. My home theatre project was an excuse to upgrade from a 20-year old Shopsmith:

    http://tanglewoodbijou.myphotoalbum.com

    I'd like to make routing dados as safe and accurate as possible (eg when making shelving units), and I wonder which third-party sliding cross-cut table would work best with the 3650.

    Does anyone have experience with the Jessem unit and the 3650?

    http://www.jessem.com/mast_r_slide.htm

    I wonder if it would be possible to attach this as an addition to the left extension wing, rather than replace the extension wing...

    Or, any better sliding table alternatives for the 3650?

    Any or all comments welcome. Thanks!

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    Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

    Hi Mike. Welcome to the forums!

    *insert limited knowledge warning here* (Just a warning that I don't know a whole lot, but I'll share what I do know!).

    I would think you could bolt that to the left-side wing by lining up and drilling some holes, most likely. Unfortunately, I'm doubtful the length of the mitre arm would be long enough to compensate for that distance from the blade. In other words, there'd be too much table between the Jessem and the blade.

    Another thing to watch for is when lining up the Jessem to attach, you have to make sure the bolt holes won't go where the webbing is on the underside of the cast iron. You have to be able to drill through the "thinner" part of the cast iron on the edge.
    I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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    • #3
      Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

      Mike,
      I know squat about the jessem, but wanted to say thanks for sharing your project pics with us. Nice job!

      Jack

      p.s. mind if I stop by to watch the races there?
      Jack

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      • #4
        Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

        This article doesn't answer your main question, about attaching it to the extension wing. But it's worth reading anyway:
        http://benchmark.20m.com/reviews/Jes...ideReview.html

        Personally, I wouldn't put a $500 sliding table on a $500 saw...there just seems something wrong there, economically. You could probably make a crosscut sled for dadoes for around $50.

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        • #5
          Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

          Thanks very much for the helpful comments, especially that last link - which my web search had not picked up.

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          • #6
            Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

            Have you considered a Dubby Left sled?

            http://www.in-lineindustries.com/single_dubby.html

            Set on the left side you get maximum flexibility for dadoes, since the blade gets thicker to the right side (i.e. no impact on the sled position).

            Alternatively, perhaps a beefier miter gauge would do the trick, for much less:
            http://www.osbornemfg.com/
            Currently on sale for $109.

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            • #7
              Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

              Originally posted by Wood_Junkie View Post
              Have you considered a Dubby Left sled?

              http://www.in-lineindustries.com/single_dubby.html

              Set on the left side you get maximum flexibility for dadoes, since the blade gets thicker to the right side (i.e. no impact on the sled position).

              Alternatively, perhaps a beefier miter gauge would do the trick, for much less:
              http://www.osbornemfg.com/
              Currently on sale for $109.
              I'll check these. Checking the Osborne, it looks as though they've increased its cut-off capacity. It may be all I need.
              Many thanks!

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              • #8
                Re: Jessem Mite-r-slide and TS3650 ?

                We purchased the OSBORNE EB3 Miter Guide for use on our new RIDGID TS3650. Here's our opinion:

                We are stunned with the quality and engineering. Our first impression was that the EB3 should be priced at $300. At $109, it seems way under priced.

                We bought the EB3 for one reason...to replace the Dewalt Compound Miter saw. Found out the hard way that the Dewalt was not accurate enough for simple 45 degree cuts.

                That's our opinion at this point. Might have more of an opinion when I put the EB3 to work cutting a big run of wood parts. It's an early opinion at best.

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