This wonderful 8-in. saw, equipped with a precision sliding table, was designed to cut metal type to length. Years ago, you'd find Hammond Gliders in newspaper shops across the country, but computers have rendered them obsolete. The company that made them, Hammond Machinery Builders of Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends that these saws not be used for general woodworking (OSHA issues about guarding the blade, no doubt), but I only use my Glider to precisely crosscut small pieces of wood for segmented turnings. I use the table as it is for square cuts; for angled cuts, I build jigs. It complements, but certainly doesn't replace, my regular tablesaw.

As you can see in the photo, a cam-actuated pushrod, just left of the blade, squeezes the workpiece against the saw's fence on the sliding table. There's a lead screw, originally calibrated in picas (a unit of measurement used in publishing) for adjusting the fence's stop. The saw was originally powered by a three-phase motor, which I've replaced. The blade requires a special set of holes to mount on the arbor, so I turned to Forrest Tools, a sawblade manufacturer, for help. I first heard about this amazing machine from Doug Sigler, of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Penland School of Crafts. Thanks, Doug!

Keith W. Johnson

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