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Blog series by LegendInMyOwnMind updated 05-17-2011 12:42 PM 3 parts 4840 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Initial thoughts

05-17-2011 10:54 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

I recently bought a really nice mortising machine. Spent more on the tool than anything other than my nice Miter Saw. Want to have a good solid tenon jig. Problem is my El Cheapo Craftsman Table Saw has non-standard tracks. I think I have a solution to the non-standard tracks (not yet verified though). Random but Related Thoughts 1 – I don’t want a router tenon jig because there are way too many passes to get the tenon cut. 2 – I want a tenon jig that is referenced ...

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Part 2: Squaring up the table

05-17-2011 12:13 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 4 comments »

The User Manual has a procedure for squaring up the blade to the miter slot. It also has a method for squaring up the fence to the blade. I thought I’d take a square to the table to see just how far it is since I’ve never adjusted anything. I also noticed lately that when I do stuff on the saw the wood starts out against the fence but slowly creeps away. If I put pressure I am getting burns so the blade is probably out of alignment with the fence. But which is it? Is the blade ...

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Part 3: Squaring up the fence to the blade

05-17-2011 12:42 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 4 comments »

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 ...

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