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SawStop Assembly #3: Adjusted the Fence Rail

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 04-27-2016 01:44 AM 688 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Completed Saw Assembly Part 3 of SawStop Assembly series Part 4: Crosscut Sled for Large Panels Completed »

I discovered that my cast iron table top was not flush with the top of the extension table. The rip fence would bump into the cast iron table. It was obvious that I had not installed the rail correctly. This meant I had to remove the rail and loosen the bolts on the right side of the saw.

This was a very tedious process. I went looking for an extra set of hands to help me.

After several attempts I finally loosened enough bolts or screws to get the saw table top and the extension table aligned and flush. I went around the back and front to get all the screws tightened before mounting back the fence rail.

I also fastened the screws to the mobile base bracket and the cabinet’s side panel. These two items are now anchored or fastened together.

My assembly of this SawStop is complete.

Tomorrow I will make a new crosscut sled for this saw. Then I will get back to making some furniture pieces.

I am thinking of purchasing the Incra 3000SE miter gauge. Does anyone out there recommend this Incra miter gauge? What do you like most about it? What if any limitations does it have? For instance, would you use it instead of a crosscut sled to cut a long or wide board? What are its best uses or applications?

-- --- Happy Howie



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WhoMe

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#1 posted 04-27-2016 03:00 AM

No recommendation on the 3000 but I have the 1000hd and I triple check that the aluminium of the mitre gauge gets close but never touches the blade. I don’t need to replace a blade and cartridge because I did something stupid.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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Lenny

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#2 posted 04-27-2016 09:51 AM

WhoMe makes an excellent point which for me is a “good news, bad news” story. Bad news: I have triggered my Sawstop once. Good news: It had nothing to do with my flesh…just the miter gauge! I own the Osborne EB-3 and one night was making some 45 degree cuts. I moved the fence close to the blade to provide as much support as possible. The next day, I swung the fence back to 90 degrees and made a cut on some walnut. Suddenly, POW, loud noise and the blade is gone. I had forgotten to move the fence back, so, it was in line with the blade. $70 for a new cartridge and $100+ for a Forrest blade! THAT will never happen again.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 04-27-2016 10:56 AM

I have the Incra 1000SE and triggered the blade safety with it. Just be careful and enjoy your saw.

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richimage

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#4 posted 04-27-2016 12:02 PM

We should form a club…. you know, jackets, maybe hats…... I triggered mine once with a miter fence, and once from no apparent thing. I mailed the cartridge to SawStop for analysis, and they pretty much said “must have been metal in the wood”. It is an educational experience!

-- "Women are like modern paintings. You can't enjoy them if you try to understand them." Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury)

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HappyHowie

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#5 posted 04-27-2016 12:35 PM

Richimage, your story doesn’t bode well for me. It usually takes me three attempts before I stop making the same mistake; especially at the age I am.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#6 posted 04-27-2016 02:30 PM

Congratulations on the new saw. I have the 3000 Miter gauge. I like it. Very accurate but for cutting larger panels I use a sled.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 04-27-2016 03:21 PM

Julian, thank you for comment.

I will go ahead and build my crosscut sled for large panels today.

Being an engineer like William Ng I use his Five Cuts to a perfect Crosscut Sled method to get my front fence square to the blade. I was impressed with his use of geometry mathematics to solve his issue. Tenth grade mathematics applied in the real world.

My troubles using Mr Ng’s method is always keeping the fence clamped still as I tighten down my second bolt where you fix the squareness of the fence; not the pivot bolt location. That one is easy.. I abandoned screws long ago for fastening sled fences. I was predrilling too many holes. The fence was always moving on me as I tries to anchor it with that second screw or bolt. There it is that third time might get it right thingy with me. So it goes…

-- --- Happy Howie

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HappyHowie

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#8 posted 04-27-2016 03:31 PM

Julian, thank you for comment.

I will go ahead and build my crosscut sled for large panels today.

Being an engineer like William Ng I use his Five Cuts to a perfect Crosscut Sled method to get my front fence square to the blade Kerr. I was impressed with his use of geometry mathematics to solve his issue. Tenth grade mathematics applied in the real world.

My troubles using his method is keeping the fence clamped still as I tighten down my second bolt where you fix the squareness of the fence; not the pivot bolt location. That one is easy.. I abandoned screws long ago for fastening sled fences. I was predrilling too many holes. The fence was always moving on me as I try to anchor it with that second screw or bolt. There it is that third time might get it right issue with me. So it goes…

-- --- Happy Howie

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