Table saw alignment jig

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 08-01-2014 10:02 PM 1765 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My table saw recently went out of alignment and it was bad. For some reason while being tilted the motor mount got caught on the cabinet and went out of alignment by about 20 thou. I decided this was the time to make a jig and make it accurate as possible. I have heard many different views on how much out of alignment is acceptable and I figure it should be as close to perfect as possible. This way I can’t say my saw is out when something isn’t as accurately cut as it should have been. I managed to get it within 2 thou so all is good. I decided to use it on the fence while I was at it and it too is within 2 thou.

The jig is made from scrap russian ply and a piece of scrap 2×6. Attached my dial indicator and voila, an accurate jig.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 10:27 PM

You missed the opportunity to pay $74.99 from Rockler.

Straight cuts are nice….................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 10:35 PM

Simple AND accurate. Can’t beat that.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 11:09 PM

well, if your saw is contractor saw like mine, you gonna need this frequently like after every major job. if it has cabinet mounted trunnions you will need it once in saws life time.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 11:15 PM


Router, this is the third time having to do this which is why I finaly made this jig. My saw is a Delta hybrid which has the trunions attached to table and they are very difficult to adjust. I think its time to upgrade to cabinet saw.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 11:32 PM

excellent idea geek. Goin’ on the to do list. Thanks mate.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 11:46 PM

Great work. I have a similar setup myself.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#7 posted 08-02-2014 12:09 AM

Simple and effective—nice jig!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 08-02-2014 11:34 AM

Simple, cheap, and VERY effective. What could be better? Definitely gonna favorite this one.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 08-02-2014 11:39 AM

Man, could have used that two days ago. Thanks, I will have one soon. Great and practical.

-- Skilled craftsman are not cheap, cheap craftsman are not skilled. Bert, Wooster

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#10 posted 08-02-2014 02:00 PM

Thanks for the comments. It works great and it is one of those jigs I should have made a long time ago. And yes saving money is the best.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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#11 posted 08-02-2014 04:06 PM

You Dah Man! Always a great idea and execution.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 08-02-2014 08:31 PM

Great solution

-- Norman

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#13 posted 08-02-2014 10:42 PM

I got mine and love it. HF dial indicator, scrap poplar and scrap piece of plastic miter bar. $10 beat $79.99.

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#14 posted 08-03-2014 12:40 PM

I like simple, and I like precise. Good stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 08-03-2014 11:25 PM

thanks all. I too like simple, precise and cheap. Saves me a little money which gets me a little closer to that new cabinet saw.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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