I have been reading about Table Saw fences being out of alignment. Squares not being square. Hand Plane bottoms not being perfectly flat.
On a normal day I go to my shop, set the fence on my table saw, using a tape measure that has smallest increment – 1/16”. The method I use is as follows: I measure from the tip of saw tooth (the tooth that is SET towards fence), I lock my fence in place and start cutting. By the way I do NOT have a beismeyer fence or any other fence that uses micro-adjustments), mine is an original Sears Crafstman fence that LOCKs at front and back. It has been customized over years to be SOLID. NO movement after it is locked. Part of that success is also sliding work onto table without ramming it into fence. On sheet goods I measure the edge of panel with my framing square, it is 24” along longest side and 16 ” on short side. If the edge is clean, (free from damage) and square I will use it. I run the panel through my table saw (myself) I have an outfeed table made on exit side to receive the material after it is cut. Once I have my panels cut to width, I then concentrate on the length.This is a personal choice, but I find it easier to cut long pieces on Table Saw myself “rather then have some in-experienced help pulling when they should push” A couple times each year I check my Table Saw blade to make sure it is square with the table. I put my 24” rafter square alongside the blade, making sure it is sitting parallel with body of blade and not touching a tooth of blade. I know the miter grooves are square with the front edge of saw, so if the blade is square with the front edge we now have things in common. Next I check if fence is running square as well. I do NOT use a micrometer, just my steel rafter square.To cut the length, I do same procedure. After I cut the first one, I measure diagonals and see if they are square enough for my needs.If both numbers are identical, that is my clue . GOOD to GO. I can proceed to cut another 20-30 pieces.
So the question I have is: I have NOT used a digital micrometer to see if the fence is within 1 /1000 of an inch, for accuracy. I have NOT checked my square to see if it is still accurate square ? Have I been doing this all wrong all my life?
I am quite anal about things looking balanced,square and done correctly, I am also human and realize that SOME things just have to be done, get on with it. If I were to measure and check every cut , I would still be building the FIRST set of cabinets that I did 32 years ago !
I am not opposed to new technology, I am just content and make my older equipment STILL do the work it was designed to do.
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