My Maslow is up and running. To deal with space limitations in my garage workshop, I built it with the following modifications in relation to the new default frame design:
- a 4 by 4 foot cutting area - the beam is shortened only by 2 feet compared to the default (8 ft vs 10 ft)
- the frame leans at approx 15 degrees against pivot points mounted high on the wall and can be raised out of the way when not in use - when raising it, the wasteboard is removed so the ceiling mounted light still shines through the frame
- because the garage floor is sloped for drainage, I put adjustable feet in the bottom of the uprights so I could level the frame
- to allow the beam to easily be adjusted for stock of different thickness, it is not permanently secured to the frame, instead it can be slid in and out and is secured using trigger clamps
Because of the shortened beam, the recommended chain management approach didn’t work very well, so I have the chains going over the top of the sprockets and rigged up chain management down the sides using bungees.
The pivot up works well, but when I do, I have to secure the chain to the sprockets using a clamp. Bottom picture shows what happens when I didn’t do this. After lowering the frame, cutting a sign for my wife’s business into a 4 inch board, the whole cut sloped down to the right. Evidently one of the chains slipped a link or two in the raising/lowering process. With no way to be certain what slipped and by how much, I had to recalibrate. The bottom board show the cut after recalibration.
Very satisfied with how it works so far!