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Blog entry by Earlb posted 08-15-2010 11:57 PM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am trying to tune my saw. The dial indicator shows .001. I set the miter to the blade but still do not get a square cut. After the cut i find that the start of the cut is sloped left as you would feed the stock. anyone got an idea? can’t figure it out.

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 12:01 AM

Are your bearings good and running true?

-- "Slow work takes time..." - Martin Breen

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 12:56 AM

Earl, Jorge is right. Matthias Wandel is a genius.

Ed Bennett has a good sight on saw allignment too. It’s worth the time to register.

Ed makes the TS Aligner Jr . Watching the video might help.

What were you doing to tune your saw? -Jack

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 02:18 AM

How do you check for a bent saw?

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 06:21 AM

Bearings will not cause this unless they are sooo bad that the feed pressure would cause the blade to tilt. At that point it is so bad you would notice bearing noise or excessively bad cuts when ripping. Arbor wobble won’t cause this, either. It will cause rough cuts, but not a consistent angle cut different from 90 degrees. “bent saw” – highly technical term – not sure I know what that means.

If the blade is not parallel to the miter slots then you cannot expect it to track to the miter gauge. This sounds like an alignment issue – blade to miter slots. It is not worth the time to register with Ed Bennet’s site – there are many other sites that cover table saw alignment without requiring registration to a spam merchant. Check this:
or this:
or this:

Make sure your blade is adjusted parallel to the miter slots, then adjust your miter gauge to the blade. Only then will you have an accurate miter gauge alignment.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 01:35 PM

try Woodwispheres site as I remmember he has a vidioclip of how to lign up
the tablesaw as well as other vidios with the other maschines

and I think there was one here on L J a while ago


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#6 posted 08-17-2010 03:18 PM

I would agree with EEngineer. Bearings would not cause this. It seems to me that ou have an alignment issue still. Not sure what left means. Align the blade to the miter slot. Then the miter gauge to the slot. Then the fence to the slot. i.e. everything gets aligned to the slot.


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