I'm so confused! I am trying to build a basic cold frame for my garden. The boxes are built and now I'm working on the lids or "lights" as they are referred to. These lights are 48 x 24 frames with 46 1/2 x 22 3/4 glass panels inserted. I'm using plexiglass instead of tempered glass.
My problem is the instructions state that I'm to use 2x2 stock wood 4 feet long and I'm to cut a 3/4 inch deep slot with a table saw (called a kerf) down the length of the each 4 foot piece. Sounds simple to me right? wrong!
First I dont own a table saw so I went to our local Home Depot and asked the "tool" guy what I could do instead on the cheap. I ended up purchasing a router for $59.00 and a bit for $17.99.
My problem with the router was its too powerful for me to hold still to make a straight cut. Then I got the brainy idea to bolt the router to some boards to hold it still and run my wood through, like a table saw. Well that didnt work either and I broke the bit. I forgot to pull the board out before turning on the machine and it broke. So back to Home Deopt I go to buy another bit and they dont have the right shank size for the router I bought. They're sold out.
So, I went to my handyman neighbor for advice. He suggests that I could use his table saw, but I had to buy a "kerf blade" as he does not own one. OK I thought no problem. I'll give it to him as a gift. I called my local Home Depot to inquire how much they sell kerf blades for.
The tool guy informs me there is no such thing as kerf blades for table saws and that my instructions refer to a cut rather than a type of blade. He says I should drop the blade on the table saw to 3/4 inches and run my board through and I should be fine.
My handy neighbor is telling me they're wrong there is such a thing as a kerf blade and I need that blade to finish this project.
So I dont know what to do? Can I use a standard table saw without that special blade or is the Home Deopot guy a fool and dosent know what he's talking about. I really do need that blade.
I did google kerf blades and I found some for sale on Ebay. They're going for around $100.00 (ouch!) I cant spend that kind of money - I'm into this project already for about $800.00 (I'm making 16 lights for 4 boxes (4 lights per box)) or should I go back to the router and try using that again?
Can anyone help me on this????
Brenda in CT