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Tenon Jig for a cheapo Craftsman Table Saw #3: Squaring up the fence to the blade

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-17-2011 12:42 PM 1521 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This couldn’t be simpler. Took me longer to figure out how to get the new long handled hex wrenches out of the packing (had to cut a hidden zip tie). Simply loosen two screws and it moves.

Here’s the before front and back pics.

Wow, that is way off. More than a tenth of an inch. No wonder my cuts were never anywhere near square. I’d like to blame my kid who tosses around the fence like it’s an empty twinkie wrapper.

Here’s the obvious adjustment screws on the fence. They are allen screws and seem pretty beefy.

After getting the packaging open, Here’s how the wrench goes in. Simply loosen the screws.

With the blade all the way up, here’s the fence against the blade. I didn’t follow the User Manual but this makes sense to me. There’s a fair amount of play in the fence so this was easy.

Tightened the screws. Here’s the front and back after the adjustment.

It’s a snug fit both ways. I probably should have turned the square so it’s always pointing into the blade to avoid the teeth which are slightly wider, but the fence did fit nicely when moved adjacent to the blade.

Now I’m cooking with gas!

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.



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Roger

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 02:02 PM

It’s hip to be square

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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superstretch

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 08:15 PM

I have that same saw.. Haven’t used it much in the past two weeks or so since a nice chuck of wood fell in the motor vents and caught fire. My fence is way off.. can’t wait to upgrade

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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LegendInMyOwnMind

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 12:20 PM

I just ran a sheet of plywood through and it was cut straight – no binding, no wandering, for the first time in a very long time.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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LegendInMyOwnMind

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 12:22 PM

Super – I think it’s even easier to get the fence parallel to the blade. Push it up to the blade and see how far off it is. If it’s off, loosen the two allen screws, straighten and retighten. If it was way off it should be way closer ;)

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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