Blade alignment and thin rip jig

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 06-12-2011 03:43 PM 4841 reads 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a problem with alignment on my table saw blade.
the ‘lateral’ alignment was out just enough to be a problem.

While researching how to adjust it, I came across the thin rip jig.
Since I like to make projects from rough cut lumber, the thin strip jig looked interesting.

I decided to build rather than buy.
I started with a piece of 1×2 (3/4”) stock and cut it to the depth of the slot in the table.
Then put a bead of glue and laid a piece of 3/4” plywood and let it dry.
Then two 1/4” holes were drilled and counter sunk on the bottom.

Another piece of 1×2 drilled and slotted. 1/4-20×2.5 inch flat head machine screws matched with some wing nuts I had from a feather board kit.

The bearing is from one of the router bits and just happens to have a 1/4” hole so it was easy to mount. A spacer nut got it closer to the table top.

I now have a very accurate way of adjusting the blade, and a good thin strip jig using scrap from around the shop.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 04:30 PM

that’s one step up from the one i made. nice use of scrap material.

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 01:54 PM

I first introduced this thin strip cutting jig years ago.
It requires no adjustments between cuts.
it will cut strips of the exact same thickness repeatedly.
The pusher arm is quick and cheap to replace.

The right end rides the rip fence, keeping it right where it must be.
The flat part with the handle makes it possible to use the blade guard in place.
The finger that pushes the stock is fastened with screws, so it is easily replaced.

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 02:36 PM

Thanks for the alternate design.
I’m glad I didn’t spend much on mine. Now I can build one like this.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 07:17 PM

I am assuming that the rip fence cannot be set to the exact same position day after day, admittedly that might be a bad assumption, so a jig that based on the fence may not give me the exact cuts.

I am looking for a jig that is “hard wired” to a certain distance from the miter slot. I think I found it on this site:

I can modify that plan .. replacing the slots with 2 holes at the 2 measurements I want.


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