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Posted on Screw-ups waiting to happen... and how to prevent them.

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 06:03 PM

A big screw-up is when you are setting the dado blade height on a table saw. You crank up the blade to find it is too high, so you crank it down a bit. When you do this, you introduce backlash in the blade elevating mechanism. When you run the saw, vibration will cause the blade to drop down a fraction; you end up with a dado that is not deep enough. This also happens with any blade. Always make final height adjustments while cranking UP, never down. The same goes for routers in a table. If you tilt the blade, make sure you return it to zero right after the cuts are made. I hate it when you cut a piece and find that you forget to zero the blade.

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