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Quick & Dirty Dial Indicator TS Alignment Jig

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Project by Rayne posted 11-12-2014 02:50 AM 1991 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Quick & Dirty Dial Indicator TS Alignment Jig
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Just a quick and dirty Dial indicator jig for my table saw. I could tell the blade was out of alignment, so I took a HF dial indicator, made a runner, jointed one side of a scrap 2×4 and attached the dial indicator. Aligning the blade to the miter slot was so much easier than I thought. I just had to loosen up 2 set screws, move it in the direction I needed, tighten set screws and it’s done. Now it’s within 2 thousandth of an inch from front to back. Next up is the cross-cut sled.





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#1 posted 11-12-2014 08:44 AM

Thanks for the idea. How did you attach the dial indicator to the wood?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 10:04 AM

Nice one.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 11:12 AM

It really isn’t that difficult. Here’s my jig that I made to align my table saw years ago:

Those threaded portions are just the simple parts you can find at the hardware store with threads on one end and a lag screw on the other end.

All the dial indicators I have used have a tab with a hole in it on the back that can be used to mount it:

A couple of nuts and voila!

Note that the miter slot slide on mine is attached with a couple of thumbscrews. I have other jigs for alignment or measuring that I can attach this base to with the thumbscrews. The threads on both ends allow flexibility in mounting the dial indicator. You’ll find a lot of uses for the dial indicator when you have one!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 03:08 PM

Larry, The Dial indicator has a screw hole / mounting hole in the bottom as you can see in EEngineer’s photos up above. The only difference in HF’s is that it’s rotated in the other direction, so that’s why you see it off to the side instead of being attached to the end.

Great design on yours EEngineer! I just needed to put something together in 5 minutes, so that’s what I did with mine. lol. It does sit a little high, so I’ll make some adjustments to it in the future.

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 04:52 PM

Thx!

BTW, Rayne, if that orientation of the mounting hole ever gets in your way, you can remove 4 screws in the back cover, rotate the back 90 degrees and put the screws back. DAMHIKT :) That is a HF dial indicator in my pictures.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 05:04 PM

Oh really now?! I never considered that. Thank you! That’ll make it so I can get it in the center without any work at all. I appreciate the insight!

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