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Forum topic by TD Bridges posted 11-08-2009 04:24 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2009 04:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: alignment table saw table saw craftsman 24140 blade square

Ok I’m sure this has been answered somewhere but I have been unable to locate anything that helps, so here goes.

The saw, Craftsman 24140, 9” about 36 years old. When I check the blade against the miter slot on the fence side the back edge of the blade is out of square about width of a doubled up dollar bill. So far so good according to some things I have read here. By the way I should mention that I just received and installed a brand new Freud combo blade. OK, so I run a piece thru crosscut and the cut is exquisite but not square, so i set the fence and rip the piece and got a beautiful flat/straight side. so I square up my miter gauge using my Starret, put the freshly ripped edge against the miter and cut. when the piece contacts the teeth at the back of the blade there is just a little ‘shaving’ of the piece. The vertical edge shows perfectly square (or perfectly enough for me) but the horizontal edge is out of square enough to be plainly visible to the eye with the Starret on it. I am not shooting for .001 tolerances I just cant figure out whats going on with not getting a square horizontal cut.

I hope that makes sense and someone can tell me what I’m doing wrong or need to do to correct it.

Thanks, TD

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 08:48 AM

Are you squaring the miter gauge to the blade or the miter slot? Using the blade as the reference is quick but using the miter slot is way more accurate as that controls the path of the wood. See the story at the link below for more on this.

Squaring Miter Gauge Story

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 12:48 PM

Thanks Tom
I was squaring the miter gauge to the blade. (I guess i shouldn’t tune tools when I’m distracted. My dogs been missing and I went to the shop to try and take my mind off her.)

I will recheck the cut squaring the gauge to the slot this afternoon after work, would do it now but the neighbors might get cranky if I did it this morning as its 5am.

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